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Title: Assessment of aortic stiffness by cardiovascular magnetic resonance following the treatment of severe aortic stenosis by TAVI and surgical AVR
Authors: Musa, Tarique Al
Uddin, Akhlaque
Fairbairn, Timothy A.
Dobson, Laura E.
Sourbron, Steven P.
Steadman, Christopher D.
Motwani, Manish
Kidambi, Ananth
Ripley, David P.
Swoboda, Peter P.
McDiarmid, Adam K.
Erhayiem, Bara
Oliver, James J.
Blackman, Daniel J.
Plein, Sven
McCann, Gerald P.
Greenwood, John P.
First Published: 10-Jun-2016
Publisher: BioMed Central on behalf of Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Citation: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2016, 18:37
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness is increasingly used as an independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. We sought to compare the impact of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) upon aortic vascular function using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) measurements of aortic distensibility and pulse wave velocity (PWV). METHODS AND RESULTS: A 1.5 T CMR scan was performed pre-operatively and at 6 m post-intervention in 72 patients (32 TAVI, 40 SAVR; age 76 ± 8 years) with high-risk symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. Distensibility of the ascending and descending thoracic aorta and aortic pulse wave velocity were determined at both time points. TAVI and SAVR patients were comparable for gender, blood pressure and left ventricular ejection fraction. The TAVI group were older (81 ± 6.3 vs. 72.8 ± 7.0 years, p < 0.05) with a higher EuroSCORE II (5.7 ± 5.6 vs. 1.5 ± 1.0 %, p < 0.05). At 6 m, SAVR was associated with a significant decrease in distensibility of the ascending aorta (1.95 ± 1.15 vs. 1.57 ± 0.68 × 10(-3)mmHg(-1), p = 0.044) and of the descending thoracic aorta (3.05 ± 1.12 vs. 2.66 ± 1.00 × 10(-3)mmHg(-1), p = 0.018), with a significant increase in PWV (6.38 ± 4.47 vs. 11.01 ± 5.75 ms(-1), p = 0.001). Following TAVI, there was no change in distensibility of the ascending aorta (1.96 ± 1.51 vs. 1.72 ± 0.78 × 10(-3)mmHg(-1), p = 0.380), descending thoracic aorta (2.69 ± 1.79 vs. 2.21 ± 0.79 × 10(-3)mmHg(-1), p = 0.181) nor in PWV (8.69 ± 6.76 vs. 10.23 ± 7.88 ms(-1), p = 0.301) at 6 m. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment of symptomatic severe aortic stenosis by SAVR but not TAVI was associated with an increase in aortic stiffness at 6 months. Future work should focus on the prognostic implication of these findings to determine whether improved patient selection and outcomes can be achieved.
DOI Link: 10.1186/s12968-016-0256-z
ISSN: 1097-6647
eISSN: 1532-429X
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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