Patient–Prosthesis Mismatch and Reduction in Left Ventricular Mass After Aortic Valve Replacement

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Abstract

Background

The presence of patient–prosthesis mismatch (PPM) after aortic valve replacement may influence patient survival. We examined the relationship between PPM and changes in left ventricular mass index at 3 months follow-up and also overall survival.

Methods

From patients included in the Mosaic trial, we studied data from 266 patients who underwent aortic valve replacement with the Medtronic Mosaic porcine bioprosthesis and had an echocardiography performed 3 months postoperatively. Complete echocardiographic data, to calculate left ventricular mass index, was available in 78% of the patients. The primary outcome for this substudy was prevalence and severity of PPM. Secondary outcomes were reduction in left ventricular mass index at 3 months follow-up and medium-term survival. Patients without PPM were defined as having an indexed effective orifice area greater than 0.85 cm2/m2, and those with moderate and severe PPM as having an indexed effective orifice area between 0.65 cm2/m2 and 0.85 cm2/m2 or below 0.65 cm2/m2, respectively.

Results

PPM was found in 217 (82%) patients. No difference in overall survival was found between patients with PPM and those without PPM. The change in left ventricular mass index was significantly different between groups (no PPM −31.4 ± 28.0 g/m2, moderate PPM 1.1 ± 34.4 g/m2, and severe PPM -5.9 ± 29.7 g/m2, respectively (p = 0.01).

Conclusions

The presence of PPM did not influence medium-term survival. However, patients without PPM showed a marked reduction in left ventricular mass index as soon as 3 months postoperatively.

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