Transvalvular Gradients for Balloon-Expandable and Self-Expanding Valves

Anthony A. Bavry, Seyed Hossein Aalaei-Andabili, Taishi Okuno, Dharam J. Kumbhani, Stefan Stortecky, Masahiko Asami, Jonas Lanz, Stephan Windecker, Thomas Pilgrim

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Self-expanding valves have been associated with superior hemodynamics versus balloon-expandable valves. Our aim was to compare invasive gradients between valve types for similarly sized valves. Patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Bern University Hospital were considered for this analysis. From 1623 subjects who underwent TAVR, a total of 566 had available invasive hemodynamic data. After applying exclusion criteria, we included 499 for analysis. With immediate invasive hemodynamic assessment, balloon- expandable valves were associated with similar/marginally lower transvalvular gradients versus self-expanding valves. With postoperative echocardiography within 24 hours, self-expanding valves were associated with lower Doppler gradients versus balloon-expandable valves for all size categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E258-E260
JournalThe Journal of invasive cardiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • hemodynamics
  • transcatheter heart valves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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