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The effect of myocardial fibrosis on ventricular remodeling following valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis. A CMR study comparing transcatheter aortic valve implantation and surgical aortic valve replacement
© Fairbairn et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
- Published: 1 February 2012
- Aortic Stenosis
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
- Myocardial Fibrosis
- Reverse Remodel
- Severe Aortic Stenosis
Myocardial fibrosis (MF) that occurs in aortic stenosis (AS) has been shown to be associated with a poor prognostic outcome post surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) but not in the high risk patients suitable for Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Using the technique of late-gadolinium enhancement we have shown that MF regresses post-TAVI but not post-SAVR, and that ejection fraction rather than MF is the independent predictor of reverse remodeling.
Myocardial Fibrosis (MF) occurs as part of the remodelling process in left ventricular hypertrophy associated with severe aortic stenosis (AS). MF has been shown to be associated with reduced left ventricle (LV) ejection fraction and poor prognosis following surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become a standard procedure for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis in high risk or inoperable patients. The significance of MF in this high-risk patient population has to date not been assessed. We aimed to assess the baseline burden of MF, its change following TAVI and SAVR, and its influence on LV reverse remodeling.
Fifty high-risk patients (EuroSCORE ≥20) with severe AS (peak velocity >4m/s) underwent TAVI (n=25) or SAVR (n=25). Steady-state free procession short axis (SA) cine imaging was performed to determine LV mass and volumes. MF was assessed by late-gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in 47 patients. A look-locker sequence was performed 10 minutes following the administration of 0.2mmol/kg of Gadoteric acid (Doteram, Guerbet, SA, Villepinte). The inversion time was individually adjusted and 10-12 short axis slices (10mm thickness, matrix 240x240, typical FOV 340mm) were acquired.
MF burden is associated with poor baseline LV volumes and function. Baseline EF rather than MF independently predicts reverse remodeling post TAVI and SAVR. Significant regression of fibrosis occurred only post-TAVI. This reduction of fibrosis may be important in improving prognosis following aortic valve replacement.
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