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calcific aortic stenosis

Michael B Boffa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Elevated plasma concentrations of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) are an independent and causal risk factor for cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease, ischemic stroke, and calcific aortic valve stenosis. This review summarizes the rationale for Lp(a) lowering and surveys relevant clinical trial data using a variety of agents capable of lowering Lp(a). RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary guidelines and recommendations outline populations of patients who should be screened for elevated Lp(a) and who might benefit from Lp(a) lowering...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
J J Jiang, H K Qing, X M Zhang, X M Zhang, W Li, C Y Shen, Q L Li, Y Jiao
OBJECTIVE: To compare total percutaneous access using preclose technique with femoral artery cut-down in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and assess the safety and feasibility of preclose technique. METHODS: In the study, 81 cases undergoing EVAR from Dec. 2011 to Nov. 2014 in Peking University People's Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative CT angiography (CTA) showed presence of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm or descending aortic aneurysm in all the cases...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
A B Gopalamurugan, K Murali, B Jyotsana, A Jacob, V V Bashi
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a well-described treatment for symptomatic calcific severe aortic stenosis. However, TAVI technology is being increasingly used around the world to treat selected cases of severe aortic regurgitation (AR). One of the main limitations of using TAVI technology for AR is the lack of calcification, which is common in such cases. This makes anchoring of a TAVI prosthesis to the aortic annulus difficult and risks displacement or embolization. However, with the availability of recapturable and repositionable TAVI technologies, these limitations have been overcome to a large extent...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Koichi Morisaki, Takuya Matsumoto, Yutaka Matsubara, Kentaro Inoue, Yukihiko Aoyagi, Daisuke Matsuda, Shinichi Tanaka, Jun Okadome, Yoshihiko Maehara
We herein report a case of a rare complication of spinal cord ischemia (SCI) following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Computed tomography showed stenosis and calcification of bilateral iliac arteries and a saccular aneurysm of the terminal aorta. Paraplegia occurred soon after balloon angioplasty of iliac arteries and EVAR. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage was not performed because the patient was on dual antiplatelet drugs. The patient was treated with intravenous methylpredonisolone and naloxone; however, this did not improve his paraplegia...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Tania A Pawade, Timothy R G Cartlidge, William S A Jenkins, Philip D Adamson, Phillip Robson, Christophe Lucatelli, Edwin J R Van Beek, Bernard Prendergast, Alan R Denison, Laura Forsyth, James H F Rudd, Zahi A Fayad, Alison Fletcher, Sharon Tuck, David E Newby, Marc R Dweck
BACKGROUND: 18F-Fluoride positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) can measure disease activity and progression in aortic stenosis. Our objectives were to optimize the methodology, analysis, and scan-rescan reproducibility of aortic valve 18F-fluoride PET-CT imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifteen patients with aortic stenosis underwent repeated 18F-fluoride PET-CT. We compared nongated PET and noncontrast CT, with a modified approach that incorporated contrast CT and ECG-gated PET...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Laura Mourino-Alvarez, Montserrat Baldan-Martin, Laura Gonzalez-Calero, Carlos Martinez-Laborde, Tamara Sastre-Oliva, Rafael Moreno-Luna, Luis F Lopez-Almodovar, Pedro L Sanchez, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Fernando Vivanco, Luis R Padial, Finn Akerstrom, Gloria Alvarez-Llamas, Fernando de la Cuesta, María G Barderas
BACKGROUND: The most common valve diseases are calcific aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation (AR). The former is characterized by thickening of valve leaflets followed by progressive calcification, which produces progressive aortic valve (AV) narrowing, increased pressure afterload on the left ventricle (LV) and subsequent LV hypertrophy. On the other hand, AR is due to malcoaptation of the valve leaflets with resultant diastolic reflux of blood from aorta back to the LV producing volume and pressure overload and progressive LV dilatation...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Tolga Han Efe, Kadriye Gayretli Yayla, Cagri Yayla, Ahmet Goktug Ertem, Tolga Cimen, Hilal Erken Pamukcu, Murat Bilgin, Mehmet Erat, Mehmet Dogan, Ekrem Yeter
INTRODUCTION: Calcific aortic valve disease, a chronic progressive disorder, is the leading cause of valve replacement among elderly patients. The lymphocyte/monocyte ratio has been recently put forward as an inflammatory marker of relevance in several cancers as well as in cardiovascular disease. This study aims to assess the correlation between severity of calcific aortic stenosis and the lymphocyte/monocyte ratio. METHODS: The study retrospectively included 178 patients with a diagnosis of calcific aortic stenosis and 139 age- and gender-matched controls...
September 30, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Heather N Hutson, Taylor Marohl, Matthew Anderson, Kevin Eliceiri, Paul Campagnola, Kristyn S Masters
Disorganization of the valve extracellular matrix (ECM) is a hallmark of calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). However, while microarchitectural features of the ECM can strongly influence the biological and mechanical behavior of tissues, little is known about the ECM microarchitecture in CAVD. In this work, we apply advanced imaging techniques to quantify spatially heterogeneous changes in collagen microarchitecture in CAVD. Human aortic valves were obtained from individuals between 50 and 75 years old with no evidence of valvular disease (healthy) and individuals who underwent valve replacement surgery due to severe stenosis (diseased)...
2016: PloS One
James E Stirrup, Peter J Cowburn, Dimitrios Pousios, Sunil K Ohri, Benoy N Shah
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a powerful imaging tool for the comprehensive assessment of valvular structure and function. TEE may be of added benefit when anatomy is difficult to delineate accurately by transthoracic echocardiography. In this article, we present 2-, 3-dimensional, and color Doppler TEE images from a male patient with aortic stenosis. A highly unusual and complex pattern of valvular calcification created a functionally "double-orifice" valve. Such an abnormality may have implications for the accuracy of continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography, which assumes a single orifice valve in native aortic valves...
September 2016: Echocardiography
Nicholas J Viney, Julian C van Capelleveen, Richard S Geary, Shuting Xia, Joseph A Tami, Rosie Z Yu, Santica M Marcovina, Steven G Hughes, Mark J Graham, Rosanne M Crooke, Stanley T Crooke, Joseph L Witztum, Erik S Stroes, Sotirios Tsimikas
BACKGROUND: Elevated lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) is a highly prevalent (around 20% of people) genetic risk factor for cardiovascular disease and calcific aortic valve stenosis, but no approved specific therapy exists to substantially lower Lp(a) concentrations. We aimed to assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of two unique antisense oligonucleotides designed to lower Lp(a) concentrations. METHODS: We did two randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials...
September 21, 2016: Lancet
A Milutinovic, D Petrovič, M Zorc, O Vraspir Porenta, M Arko, A Pleskovič, A Alibegovic, R Zorc-Pleskovic
Aortic valve stenosis is characterized by inflammation and extracellular matrix remodelling. The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of mast cells on the occurrence of histopathological changes of aortic valves in patients with severe grade, non-rheumatic degenerative aortic valve stenosis. Valve specimens were obtained from 38 patients undergoing valve replacement. The role of mast cells was analysed by dividing the specimens into two groups, characterized by the presence (group A, N = 13) or absence of mast cells (group B, N = 25)...
2016: Folia Biologica (Praha)
Jonathon Leipsic, Philipp Blanke
The treatment of both aortic and now mitral valvular disease has been transformed through transcatheter valvular interventions. TAVR has rapidly become the treatment of choice for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis in both high, and now intermediate-risk patients. Building upon this success the last two years have seen the clinical introduction of transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), with a number of devices being utilised in first-in-man and feasibility studies. These experiences have helped determine the anatomical requirements and specifications that enable successful device deployment and avoidance of complications...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
Tetsuo Yamanaka, Toru Fukatsu, Yoshimaro Ichinohe, Hirotaka Komatsu, Masahiro Seki, Kenichi Sasaki, Hideaki Takai, Takashi Kunihara, Yasunobu Hirata
We herein report an adult case of unicommissural unicuspid aortic valve (UAV). A 59-year-old man, who was noted to have a cardiac murmur at 31 years of age, was admitted to our hospital due to acute heart failure. Severe calcification in the aortic valve with severe low-flow/low-gradient aortic stenosis and moderate aortic regurgitation was observed and thought to be the cause of heart failure, however, the etiology of aortic valve dysfunction was not clear. Aortic valve replacement was subsequently performed, and unicommissural UAV was diagnosed according to the intraoperative findings...
2016: Internal Medicine
Jae-Joon Jung, Mahmoud Razavian, Hye-Yeong Kim, Yunpeng Ye, Reza Golestani, Jakub Toczek, Jiasheng Zhang, Mehran M Sadeghi
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most common cause of aortic stenosis. Currently, there is no non-invasive medical therapy for CAVD. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are upregulated in CAVD and play a role in its pathogenesis. Here, we evaluated the effect of doxycycline, a nonselective MMP inhibitor on CAVD progression in the mouse. Apolipoprotein (apo)E(-/-) mice (n = 20) were fed a Western diet (WD) to induce CAVD. After 3 months, half of the animals was treated with doxycycline, while the others continued WD alone...
2016: Scientific Reports
A A Sakrana, M M Nasr, G A Ashamallah, R A Abuelatta, H A Naeim, M E Tahlawi
AIM: To investigate the determinants of paravalvular leak (PVL) occurring after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and eight patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (mean age 75.5±11.8 years, 72.2% male) underwent contrast-enhanced electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) then successful TAVI. The following parameters were determined in the late systolic phase: annular and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameters, annular perimeter, ellipticity index, annular area, indexed annular area, LVOT perimeter, annulus/LVOT perimeter difference ratio, the LVOT to ascending aorta angle (< LVOT-AO)...
November 2016: Clinical Radiology
Vinayak Bapat, Derk Frank, Ricardo Cocchieri, Dariusz Jagielak, Nikolaos Bonaros, Marco Aiello, Joel Lapeze, Mika Laine, Sidney Chocron, Douglas Muir, Walter Eichinger, Matthias Thielmann, Louis Labrousse, Kjell Arne Rein, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Gino Gerosa, Hardy Baumbach, Peter Bramlage, Cornelia Deutsch, Martin Thoenes, Mauro Romano
OBJECTIVES: The Registry of the Utilization of the TAo-TAVR approach using the Edwards SAPIEN Valve (ROUTE) was established to assess the effectiveness and safety of the use of transaortic (TAo) access for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures (NCT01991431). BACKGROUND: TAVR represents an alternative to surgical valve replacement in high-risk patients. Whereas the transfemoral access route is used commonly as the first-line approach, transapical access is an option for patients not suitable for transfemoral treatment mainly due to anatomic conditions...
September 12, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Tuomas Peltonen, Pauli Ohukainen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Jaana Rysä
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) represents a spectrum of disease spanning from milder degrees of calcification of valve leaflets, i.e. aortic sclerosis, to severe calcification i.e. aortic stenosis (AS) with hemodynamic instability. The prevalence of CAVD is increasing rapidly due to the aging of the population, being up to 2,8% among patients over 75 years of age. Even without significant aortic valve stenosis, aortic sclerosis is associated with a 50% increased risk of myocardial infarction and death from cardiovascular causes...
September 1, 2016: Annals of Medicine
Patrizia Carità, Giuseppe Coppola, Giuseppina Novo, Giuseppa Caccamo, Marco Guglielmo, Fabio Balasus, Salvatore Novo, Sebastiano Castrovinci, Marco Moscarelli, Khalil Fattouch, Egle Corrado
Aortic stenosis (AS) is a common valvular heart disease in the Western populations, with an estimated overall prevalence of 3% in adults over 75 years. To understand its patho-biological processes represents a priority. In elderly patients, AS usually involves trileaflet valves and is referred to as degenerative calcific processes. Scientific evidence suggests the involvement of an active "atherosclerosis-like" pathogenesis in the initiation phase of degenerative AS. To the contrary, the progression could be driven by different forces (such as mechanical stress, genetic factors and interaction between inflammation and calcification)...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Simon Mejean, Erik Bouvier, Vincent Bataille, Patrick Seknadji, Dominique Fourchy, Jean-Yves Tabet, Olivier Lairez, Bertrand Cormier
Mitral annular calcium (MAC) is a common finding in older patients referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) allows fine quantification of the calcific deposits. Our objective was to estimate the prevalence of MAC and associated mitral stenosis (MS) in patients referred for TAVI using MDCT. A cohort of 346 consecutive patients referred for TAVI evaluation was screened by MDCT for MAC: 174 had MAC (50%). Of these patients, 165 patients (95%) had mitral valve area (MVA) assessable by MDCT planimetry (age 83...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Kyoung Im Cho, Sang Hoon Cho, Ae-Young Her, Gillian Balbir Singh, Eun-Seok Shin
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is an important factor in the pathogenesis of calcific aortic stenosis (AS). We aimed to evaluate the association between an inflammatory marker, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with severe calcific AS. METHODS: A total of 336 patients with isolated severe calcific AS newly diagnosed between 2010 and 2015 were enrolled in this study. Using Cox proportional hazards (PH) regression models, we investigated the prognostic value of NLR adjusted for baseline covariates including logistic European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation score (EuroSCORE-I) and undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR)...
2016: PloS One
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