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See detailCarotid artery and aortic stiffness evaluation in aortic stenosis.
Weisz, Sara Hana; Magne, Julien ULg; Dulgheru, Raluca et al

in Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography (2014), 27(4), 385-92

BACKGROUND: In aortic stenosis (AS), the combination of risk factors can progressively lead to an increased arterial rigidity, which can be evaluated by the carotid artery and aortic stiffness (beta index ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In aortic stenosis (AS), the combination of risk factors can progressively lead to an increased arterial rigidity, which can be evaluated by the carotid artery and aortic stiffness (beta index). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between carotid and aortic beta index, left ventricular (LV) function, plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level, and symptoms in patients with AS. METHODS: Comprehensive echocardiography including Doppler tissue imaging of the mitral annulus was performed in 53 patients with AS (aortic valve area < 1.2 cm(2)) and preserved LV ejection fractions (>/=50%). Carotid beta index was automatically derived from ultrasound wall tracking of the right carotid artery. The mitral E/e' ratio was used to estimate LV filling pressures. RESULTS: Carotid beta index was higher in women than in men and was significantly correlated with age (P < .0001), diastolic arterial pressure (P = .046), pulse pressure (P = .006), and systemic arterial compliance (P = .001). Interestingly, carotid beta index was significantly correlated with E/e' ratio (P < .0001) and plasma BNP level (P = .011). In multivariate regression analysis, carotid beta index was an independent predictor of E/e' ratio (P < .0001) and of BNP level (P = .02). Moreover, carotid beta index was significantly higher in symptomatic patients (P = .009). Aortic beta index was significantly correlated with carotid beta index (P < .0001), E/e' ratio (P = .004), and BNP (P < .001) and was significantly higher in symptomatic patients (P = .037). CONCLUSIONS: In patients with moderate to severe AS and preserved LV ejection fractions, the presence of increased carotid artery and aortic stiffness, assessed using carotid and aortic beta index, is independently associated with elevated LV filling pressures, BNP level, and symptoms. [less ▲]

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