Balloon aortic valvuloplasty. The Texas Heart Institute experience

J. J. Ferguson, E. P. Riuli, A. Massumi, B. Treistman, S. K. Edelman, M. V. Harlan, S. E. Brasier, J. P. Murgo

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Between October 1986 and January 1989, 73 percutaneous catheter balloon aortic valvuloplasty procedures were performed in 68 adult patients (32 men and 36 women; mean age, 77 ± 9 years) with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. Following the procedures, significant improvements were documented in aortic valve area, mean transvalvular pressure gradient, peak-to-peak pressure gradient, left ventricular systolic pressure, radionuclide ejection fraction, and left ventricular end-systolic volume index. There were no procedure-related deaths, but 2 patients (3%) required emergency surgery for acute aortic regurgitation. During hospitalization, 4 patients had persistent symptoms (3 died; 1 subsequently underwent repeat valvuloplasty and later, valve replacement). Short-term clinical improvement was noted in 59 of 65 patients (91%). During the follow-up period (mean, 11.6 ± 8.4 months), 22 patints died (including the 3 who died during hospitalization). Sixteen underwent aortic valve replacement (including the 2 who underwent emergency aortic valve replacement); all 16 are alive. A total of 6 patients (1 with an initial balloon aortic valvuloplasty at an outside institution) underwent repeat valvuloplasty; of those, 4 subsequently underwent aortic valve replacement, and 2 died. Of the remaining 30 patients, 27 continue to experience relief of symptoms, and 3 have clinical symptoms that have not improved or have worsened since the valvuloplasty procedure. Multivariate predictors of clinical outcome (p < 0.05) included post-valvuloplasty aortic valve area, pre- and post-valvuloplasty ejection fraction, absence of coronary artery disease, and absolute change in valve area. Overall actuarial and event-free survivals were 83% and 49%, respectively, at 1 year. Although clinical improvement is frequently noted after balloon aortic valvuloplasty, the procedure is associated with a high recurrence of symptoms and restenosis. Balloon aortic valvuloplasty is at best a palliative procedure; when feasible, surgical valve replacement is the more definitive therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic stenosis
  • aortic valve replacement
  • balloon aortic valvuloplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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