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Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty in the Transcatheter Valve Era: Single Centre Indications and Early Safety Data in a High Risk Population.

Ford, Thomas J; Nguyen, Katherine; Brassil, Joseph; Kushwaha, Virag; Friedman, Daniel; Allan, Roger; Pitney, Mark; Jepson, Nigel.
Heart Lung Circ; 27(5): 595-600, 2018 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28688833


The introduction of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has generated a renewed interest in the techniques available to treat high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). We report our single centre experience with balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) focussing on indications, procedural success and 30-day outcomes.


We retrospectively reviewed all patients that underwent BAV procedures at our institution between August 2012 and August 2014. Procedural success and complications were adjudicated according to VARC-2 criteria.


Fifty-one consecutive adult patients with severe symptomatic AS underwent a total of 55 BAV procedures. The patients had a mean age of 88±5.7 years and all had extensive comorbidities with a high surgical risk (mean logistic EuroSCORE of 25.22%±14.5%). Indications for BAV included palliation of symptoms n=42 (76%); bridge to definitive valve replacement (n=6, 11%); and evaluation of response (n=6, 11%). The procedure was completed in all patients with no intraprocedural deaths (within 24hours) and low 30-day mortality at 3.9% (n=2). Minor vascular complications occurred in 11.8% (n=6), whilst permanent pacemaker implantation was required in 5.8% (n=3). There were no cases of myocardial infarction, stroke, tamponade, severe aortic regurgitation or major vascular complications during 30-day follow-up.


Balloon aortic valvuloplasty may be performed safely and effectively with high procedural success and low 30-day complications, even in a very high-risk and elderly cohort of patients in whom the role of TAVI is uncertain or inappropriate.
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