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Impact of a volume challenge on haemodynamics and prognosis in patients with severe aortic stenosis

Micha T. Maeder, Lukas Weber, Daniel Weilenmann, Philipp K. Haager, Lucas Jörg, Franziska Rohner, Peter Ammann, Joannis Chronis, Johannes Rigger & Hans Rickli


A volume challenge can unmask pulmonary hypertension (PH) and its mechanism. We evaluated the impact of a volume challenge on mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) and mean pulmonary artery wedge pressure (mPAWP) and its prognostic implications in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR).

In 285 patients with severe AS (indexed aortic valve area 0.41 ± 0.13 cm /m ), mPAP and mPAWP were measured before and after administration of 150 ± 58 mL of low-osmolal or iso-osmolal contrast. Following contrast, mPAP and mPAWP rose from 25 ± 10 and 16 ± 8 mmHg by 5 ± 4 and 4 ± 4 mmHg to 30 ± 11 and 20 ± 8 mmHg. There were 112 (39%) patients with pre-contrast PH and 70 (40% of those without pre-contrast PH) patients with post-contrast PH only. Post-contrast PH patients were intermediate between pre-contrast PH and no PH in terms of AS severity, cardiac dysfunction, and haemodynamics. After a median follow-up of 43 months post-AVR, pre-contrast PH patients had numerically the highest mortality driven by those with pre-contrast combined pre-capillary and post-capillary PH (n = 35), while post-contrast changes in mPAP and mPAWP were not related to mortality. Patients with any post-contrast mPAWP > 18 mmHg had significantly higher mortality than those with post-contrast mPAWP ≤ 18 mmHg, CONCLUSIONS: In severe AS, a contrast challenge leads to post-contrast PH in ~40% of patients without pre-contrast PH. However, post-contrast haemodynamic changes do not adversely affect outcomes in patients undergoing AVR. Post-contrast PH represents an intermediate stage of 'cardiac damage', which may be attenuated or reversible after AVR.
citation Maeder M T, Weber L, Weilenmann D, Haager P K, Jörg L, Rohner F, Ammann P, Chronis J, Rigger J, Rickli H. Impact of a volume challenge on haemodynamics and prognosis in patients with severe aortic stenosis. ESC Heart Fail 2020;.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 12-11-2020
journal title ESC Heart Fail
ISSN electronic 2055-5822
PubMed 33179419
DOI 10.1002/ehf2.13108