Impact of aortic valve calcification severity on device success after transcatheter aortic valve replacement

AbstractAortic valvular calcium score (AVCS) can identify severe aortic stenosis (AS) and provide powerful prognostic information. In severe and symptomatic AS, patients can be referred for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The aim of this study was to determine whether AVCS, measured on the preoperative contrast enhanced multislice computed tomography (MSCT), is associated with device success (DS), major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) and paravalvular leak (PVL) after TAVR. Three hundred and fifty-two consecutive patients who underwent TAVR with a preoperative standardised contrast enhanced MSCT were included in the study. Valvular calcification detection was defined by adding  + 100 Hounsfield Unit (HU) to mean HU determined by a region of interest placed in the contrast enhanced ascending aorta. AVCS was then indexed to the aortic annulus surface (AVCSi). Endpoints were DS and 30-day MACE according to Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 consensus document, and mode rate to severe PVL. DS was obtained for 305 patients. In multivariate analysis, AVCSi was negatively and independently associated with DS: OR = 0.99, 95% CI 0.99–0.99, p = 0.03. In the subgroup analysis, this association was particularly relevant with self-expanding prostheses [n = 151 (43%), p = 0.018] and in the cases of asymmetric calcium valvular distribution [n = 283 (80%), p 0.002]. There was no associ...
Source: The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging - Category: Radiology Source Type: research

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Source: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research
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