Staged balloon aortic valvuloplasty before standard aortic valve replacement in selected patients with severe aortic valve stenosis

Salah Eldien Altarabsheh, Kevin L. Greason, Hartzell V. Schaff, Rakesh M. Suri, Zhuo Li, Verghese Mathew, Lyle D. Joyce, Soon J. Park, Joseph A. Dearani

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This study evaluated preoperative balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) as a technique to decrease aortic valve replacement (AVR) risk in patients who have severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis with substantial comorbidity. We report the outcomes of 18 high-risk patients who received BAV within 180 days before AVR from November 1993 through December 2011. Their median age was 78 years (range, 51-93 yr), and there were 11 men (61%). The pre-BAV median calculated Society of Thoracic Surgeons Predicted Risk of Mortality (STS PROM) was 18.3% (range, 9.4%- 50.7%). Preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction measured a median of 0.23 (range, 0.05-0.68), and the median aortic valve area index was 0.4 cm2/m2 (range, 0.2-0.7 cm2/ m2). The median interval from BAV to AVR was 28 days (range, 1-155 d). There were no strokes or deaths after BAV; however, 4 patients (22%) required mechanical circulatory support, 3 (17%) required femoral artery operation, and 1 (6%) developed severe aortic valve regurgitation. After BAV, the median STS PROM fell to 9.1% (range, 2.6%-25.7%) (compared with pre-BAV, P <0.001). Echocardiography before AVR showed that the median left ventricular ejection fraction had improved to 0.35 (range, 0.15-0.66), and the aortic valve area index to 0.5 cm2/m2 (range, 0.3-0.7 cm2/m2) (compared with pre-BAV, both P <0.05). All patients received AVR. Operative death occurred in 2 patients (11%), and combined operative death and morbidity in 7 patients (39%). Staged BAV substantially reduces the operative risk associated with AVR in selected patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Algorithms
  • Aortic
  • Aortic valve stenosis/surgery/therapy
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Calcinosis/therapy
  • Heart valve prosthesis implantation/mortality
  • Retrospective studies
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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