ABSTRACT: Aortic valve replacement is the first therapeutic option in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. Given the fact that percutaneous aortic valve implantation is a relatively new procedure and the need for palliative treatment in symptomatic patients with a high surgical risk, percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty is still employed. The authors describe two cases of percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty in very elderly patients with severe calcified aortic stenosis not suitable for cardiac surgery, exacerbated in one case by significant coronary artery disease and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. The authors also review the role of this procedure in current interventional cardiology.
Revista portuguesa de cardiologia: orgao oficial da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia = Portuguese journal of cardiology: an official journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology 02/2009; 28(1):89-96.