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Asymptomatic aortic stenosis

Dan Rusinaru, Yohann Bohbot, Anne Ringle, Sylvestre Maréchaux, Momar Diouf, Christophe Tribouilloy
Aims: In patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), low flow (LF) is currently defined using Doppler-echocardiography by a stroke volume index (SVi)<35 mL/m2. However, the relationship between LF and outcome remains unclear as data on normal reference values defining LF are scarce, and previous studies did not explore the risk associated with other SVi cut-points. We analysed the relationship between LF and mortality in severe AS to establish prognostic LF values associated with mortality risk...
March 13, 2018: European Heart Journal
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is a common condition among older adults that can be associated with dangerous outcomes, due to both the disease itself and its influence on other conditions. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of aortic stenosis. DISCUSSION: Aortic stenosis refers to significant narrowing of the aortic valve and can be caused by calcific disease, congenital causes, or rheumatic valvular disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Isabel E Mawson, Pratusha L Babu, John M Simpson, Grenville F Fox
A retrospective review of admission preductal oxygen saturations of neonates with antenatally diagnosed critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) was performed to investigate the differences in newborn pulse oximetry (Pulsox) by specific CCHD diagnosis. Saturations were recorded at median of < 1 h (range < 1-9 h) after delivery. Data was stratified by CCHD diagnosis and analysed according to the three different admission Pulsox thresholds, ≤ 90, ≤ 92 and ≤ 95%. Of the 276 neonates studied, 208 were clinically well at admission, with no co-morbidities, gestation > 34 weeks and birth weight > 1...
February 5, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
Hidekazu Tanaka, Yong-Jin Kim, Seung-Ji Park, Seung Woo Park, Takeshi Hozumi, Chisato Izumi, Lieng His Ling, Cheuk-Man Yu, Shota Fukuda, Yutaka Otsuji, Jae-Kwan Song, Dae-Won Sohn
OBJECTIVES: Patients with very severe aortic stenosis (AS) have extremely poor clinical outcomes even if they are asymptomatic compared to those with severe AS, but the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of patients with very severe AS remain unclear. METHODS: The Asian Valve Registry is a prospective, multicenter, multinational registry for the study and identification of the incidence, natural course, clinical outcomes, and prognostic factors for patients with significant AS at 9 centers in Asian countries...
February 3, 2018: Echocardiography
Gethin W Hodges, Casper N Bang, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, Michael H Olsen, Kurt Boman, Simon Ray, Antero Y Kesäniemi, Jørgen L Jeppesen, Kristian Wachtell
Background: We evaluated whether early measurement of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) could predict future risk of postoperative complications in initially asymptomatic patients with mild-moderate aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. Methods: Baseline plasma suPAR levels were available in 411 patients who underwent AVR surgery during follow-up in the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis (SEAS) study...
2018: Open Heart
Anders M Greve, Casper N Bang, Kurt Boman, Kenneth Egstrup, Julie L Forman, Y Antero Kesäniemi, Simon Ray, Terje R Pedersen, Patricia Best, Nalini M Rajamannan, Kristian Wachtell
Observational studies indicate that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol acts as a primary contributor to an active process leading to aortic stenosis (AS) development. However, randomized clinical trials have failed to demonstrate an effect of lipid lowering on impeding AS progression. This study explored if pretreatment LDL levels and AS severity altered the efficacy of lipid-lowering therapy. The study goal was evaluated in the analysis of surviving patients with baseline data in the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis (SEAS) trial of 1,873 asymptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate AS...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Jae-Joon Jung, Farid Jadbabaie, Mehran M Sadeghi
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) can progress to symptomatic aortic stenosis in a subset of patients. The severity of aortic stenosis and the extent of valvular calcification can be evaluated readily by echocardiography, CT, and MRI using well-established imaging protocols. However, these techniques fail to address optimally other important aspects of CAVD, including the propensity for disease progression, risk of complications in asymptomatic patients, and the effect of therapeutic interventions on valvular biology...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Rine Bakkestrøm, Nicolaj L Christensen, Emil Wolsk, Ann Banke, Jordi S Dahl, Mads J Andersen, Finn Gustafsson, Christian Hassager, Jacob E Møller
AIM: Speckle tracking echocardiography is considered valuable in assessing left ventricular (LV) function. The method has been refined to assess deformation in different myocardial layers, but the effect of volume vs pressure overload on this pattern is unknown. The aim was to test whether layer-specific myocardial strain (LSS) obtained by speckle tracking echocardiography exhibits different patterns in conditions with different loading conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS) (AVA 0...
January 21, 2018: Echocardiography
Jiang Xiong, Zhongzhou Hu, Hongpeng Zhang, Huanming Xu, Duanduan Chen, Wei Guo
Surgeon-modified retrograde branched extension limb assembling technique and bridged endografts were successfully used to exclude an asymptomatic pararenal abdominal aortic aneurysm and to reconstruct the superior mesenteric artery and bilateral renal arteries in a case with high-grade celiac artery stenosis, nondilated aorta above the superior mesenteric artery, and large lumen below the renal arteries. In patient-specific models for hemodynamics analysis, enhanced flow diversion to visceral arteries up to 6-month follow-up confirmed treatment feasibility; however, endograft configurations could be improved to avoid sharp corners at bifurcations, thereby ensuring smooth flow transport and possibly reducing risk for endograft narrowing or the development of thrombosis...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Betül Cengiz, Şükrü Taylan Şahin, Selen Yurdakul, Serkan Kahraman, Ayşen Bozkurt, Saide Aytekin
OBJECTIVE: In patients with aortic stenosis (AS), the left ventricular (LV) geometry changes due to the increased LV afterload. However, subclinical myocardial dysfunction can develop despite a normal LV ejection fraction (EF). This study was an investigation of subclinical LV systolic dysfunction in patients with severe AS with a normal LV EF using a strain imaging method, speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), and an evaluation of its correlation with novel indices to assess the severity of AS...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Yan Wang, Jin Zhang, Yuesheng Qian, Xiaofeng Tang, Huawei Ling, Kemin Chen, Yan Li, Pingjin Gao, Dingliang Zhu
Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) is suggested as an independent risk factor for stroke. We aimed to investigate the association of Hcy concentration with intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS) and extracranial AS (ECAS) in hypertensive patients without stroke in Chinese population and to explore modified effect of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T on their relationship. The stenosis of intracranial and extracranial arteries were evaluated in a total of 929 subjects through computerized tomographic angiography (CTA) from aortic arch to the skull base...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Monoj K Konda, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Jerry W Pratt, David Martin, Vishal Gupta
An 88-year-old woman with a prior history of aortic stenosis and history of valvuloplasty presented with worsening symptoms of heart failure and dizziness. She underwent successful transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without complications. Follow-up echocardiograms revealed a small fistula connecting aorta to the right ventricle. The patient was initially asymptomatic but 3 months later developed overload of the right ventricle and heart failure and chose to continue medical therapy. She died of progressive heart failure at 9 months from onset of fistula...
October 2017: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
Marko D Banovic, Serge D Nikolic
Survival of symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) is very poor, with an average mortality reaching up to 2% per month. Approach to diagnosis and treatment of patients with AS was conservative; patients were referred to surgery only if the AS-induced symptoms become apparent and significantly limit the quality of patient' life. In the past 15 years, the novel treatment strategy in subgroups of symptomatic patients with AS have been the subject of extensive research, starting from introduction of transcatheter aortic valve implant (TAVI) in inoperable symptomatic patients with severe AS and continuing further to patients with very high and high operative risk...
December 12, 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
Takao Hoshino, Leila Sissani, Julien Labreuche, Gregory Ducrocq, Philippa C Lavallée, Elena Meseguer, Céline Guidoux, Lucie Cabrejo, Cristina Hobeanu, Fernando Gongora-Rivera, Pierre-Jean Touboul, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Pierre Amarenco
Importance: Patients who have experienced stroke with intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD) may also have concomitant atherosclerosis in different arterial beds and other possible causes for ischemic stroke. However, little is known about the frequency and prognostic effect of such overlapping diseases. Objectives: To describe the prevalence of systemic atherosclerotic burdens and overlapping stroke etiologies and their contributions to long-term prognoses among patients who have experienced stroke with ICAD...
December 26, 2017: JAMA Neurology
Anvesha Singh, Daniel C S Chan, John P Greenwood, Dana K Dawson, Piotr Sonecki, Kai Hogrefe, Damian J Kelly, Vijay Dhakshinamurthy, Chim C Lang, Jeffery P Khoo, David Sprigings, Richard P Steeds, Ruiqi Zhang, Ian Ford, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Jing Yang, Zhuyin Li, Leong L Ng, Gerry P McCann
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to establish sex differences in remodeling and outcome in aortic stenosis (AS) and their associations with biomarkers of myocardial fibrosis. BACKGROUND: The remodeling response and timing of symptoms is highly variable in AS, and sex plays an important role. METHODS: A total of 174 patients (133 men, mean age 66.2 ± 13.3 years) with asymptomatic moderate to severe AS underwent comprehensive stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, transthoracic echocardiography, and biomarker analysis (matrix metalloproteinase [MMP]-2, -3, -7, -8, and -9; tissue inhibitor matrix metalloproteinases-1 and -4; syndecan-1 and -4; and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide), and were followed up at 6-month intervals...
December 8, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Patrizio Lancellotti, Raluca Dulgheru, Yun Yun Go, Tadafumi Sugimoto, Stella Marchetta, Cécile Oury, Madalina Garbi
Valve stress echocardiography (VSE) can be performed as exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) or dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) depending on the patient's clinical status, severity and type of valve disease. ESE combines exercise testing with two-dimensional grey scale and Doppler echocardiography during exercise. Thus, it provides objective assessment of symptomatic status (exercise test), as well as exercise-induced changes of a series of echocardiographic parameters (different depending on the valve disease type), which yield prognostic information in individual patients and help in a better treatment planning...
December 7, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
M Marwan, N Mekkhala, M Göller, J Röther, D Bittner, A Schuhbaeck, M Hell, G Muschiol, J Kolwelter, R Feyrer, C Schlundt, S Achenbach, M Arnold
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is increasingly being offered to high-risk patients with symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. Recent reports have suggested a high incidence of subclinical leaflet thrombosis following bioprosthestic aortic valve replacement. We report the frequency and clinical presentation of leaflet thrombosis identified by cardiac CT in patients referred for follow-up contrast enhanced CT angiography following TAVI. METHODS: 91 consecutive patients referred for follow-up contrast-enhanced CT angiography following TAVI were screened for inclusion in this analysis...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Casper N Bang, Anders M Greve, Anne B Rossebø, Simon Ray, Kenneth Egstrup, Kurt Boman, Christoph Nienaber, Peter M Okin, Richard B Devereux, Kristian Wachtell
BACKGROUND: Patients with aortic stenosis (AS) often have concomitant hypertension. Antihypertensive treatment with a β-blocker (Bbl) is frequently avoided because of fear of depression of left ventricular function. However, it remains unclear whether antihypertensive treatment with a Bbl is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events in patients with asymptomatic mild to moderate AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: We did a post hoc analysis of 1873 asymptomatic patients with mild to moderate AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction in the SEAS (Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis) study...
November 27, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Mohammad Kavianipour, Amir Farkhooy, Frank A Flachskampf
Asymptomatic "paradoxic" severe low-flow low-gradient aortic stenosis with preserved ejection fraction (PAS) constitutes a challenging condition where the optimal management and follow-up remain elusive. We evaluated the clinical outcome in patients with PAS as compared to asymptomatic patients with moderate (MAS) or classical severe aortic stenosis (CAS). Consecutive asymptomatic moderate or severe aortic stenosis patients without concomitant other heart or lung disease (n = 121) were invited. Participants (n = 74) were assigned to three subgroups with regard to degree of aortic stenosis: MAS (n = 25), CAS (n = 22) and PAS (n = 27)...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Renato Casana, Valerio Tolva, Andrea Odero, Chiara Malloggi, Aldo Paolucci, Fabio Triulzi, Vincenzo Silani
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Plaque protrusion through stent struts represents one of the principal causes of cerebral embolisation during carotid artery stenting (CAS) and the stent healing period. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety (technical success) and efficacy (clinical success) of the CGuard stent system - a new nitinol stent covered by a closed-cell polyethylene terephthalate mesh designed to prevent embolic events. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients who underwent CAS with CGuard from June 2015 were included in this study...
December 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
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