Transfemoral aortic valve implantation of Edwards SAPIEN 3 without predilatation.

Kim, Won-Keun; Praz, Fabien; Blumenstein, Johannes; Liebetrau, Christoph; Gaede, Luise; Van Linden, Arnaud; Hamm, Christian; Walther, Thomas; Windecker, Stephan; Möllmann, Helge (2016). Transfemoral aortic valve implantation of Edwards SAPIEN 3 without predilatation. Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions, 89(1), n/a-n/a. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/ccd.26464

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether transfemoral implantation of the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN 3 device without prior balloon valvuloplasty is feasible. BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) without predilatation may be advantageous and is feasible with various transcatheter heart valves. METHODS A total of 163 consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing transfemoral TAVI were enrolled at two sites. We assessed whether the crossing of the native aortic valve with the prosthesis without prior pre-dilation was feasible and evaluated for procedural success according to VARC-2 criteria. RESULTS Direct implantation without pre-dilatation was feasible in 154 patients (94.5%), whereas in nine patients predilatation was required due to difficulties while crossing the native aortic valve. Procedural success was achieved in 85.6%. A large proportion of the procedural failures was mainly driven by increased post-procedural gradients ≥20 mm Hg, which almost exclusively concerned the smaller prostheses sizes (23-mm 10/39 (25.6%) vs. 26-mm 5/72 (6.9%) vs. 29-mm 1/52 (1.9%); P < 0.001). Patients in the pre-ballooning group had higher calcium scores of the aortic valve (5,335 [4,421-7,807] vs. 2,893 [1,879-3,993]), more advanced age, higher transvalvular gradients, and smaller aortic valve area. CONCLUSIONS The transfemoral implantation of the balloon-expandable SAPIEN 3 prosthesis without pre-dilatation is feasible in the majority of cases. In the presence of severe aortic valve calcification and critical aortic stenosis, however, predilatation may still be necessary. Furthermore, the significance of increased post-procedural gradients requires further verification. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

UniBE Contributor:

Praz, Fabien and Windecker, Stephan


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Judith Liniger

Date Deposited:

29 Dec 2016 09:36

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29 Jan 2017 02:10

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

TAVI; aortic stenosis; transvalvular gradient; valvuloplasty




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