Depressed cardiac function after aortoventriculoplasty is well known during the postoperative period. Little data exist concerning the long-term follow-up. The aim of this study is to determine whether septal incision has any permanent effect on the left ventricle function.Methods:
From 1988 to 2002, 45 patients received aortic mechanical prosthesis. These patients were divided into two groups. Group A consisted of 26 patients 5-18 years old, who underwent simple aortic valve replacement. Group B consisted of 19 patients 4-20 years old, who underwent the Konno procedure. Systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle were analyzed using echocardiography. For the systolic function, the following parameters were assessed: pressure gradient between left ventricle and ascending aorta, shortening and ejection fraction of the left ventricle. For the diastolic function, left ventricle-filling parameters were assessed: ratio of early to late filling velocity, deceleration slope of the early filling velocity and left ventricular isovolumetric relaxation time. Furthermore the percentage fraction of the aortic valve index (AOVI%) was calculated and compared between these two groups.Results:
After the surgery in group A, AOVI% dropped from 110±21 to 98±11%, while in group B it increased from 82±16 to 114±11%. As a result a higher residual pressure gradient across the aortic valve was noted in group A: 21.26±15 as compared to 11.17±5 mmHg in group B. A mean pressure above 30 mmHg appeared in group A 2 years after the surgery, while in group B this was obtained after 6 years. As for the diastolic function no significant difference was noted between these two groups. Overall there was one late death in group A, and in group B two early deaths, two reoperations because of excessive drainage and in two patients permanent pacemakers had to be implanted.Conclusions:
Improvement of the systolic function after the surgery was noted in both groups. In patients with low AOVI%, postsurgical pressure gradient, either residual or recurrent, appeared during the follow-up. As for the septal incision, it may have some transient effects on the left ventricle function in the postoperative period, but no permanent sequelae were observed in the long-term follow-up.