Stress Aortic Valve Index for Assessing Risk in Aortic Valve Stenosis Patients

  • End date
    Apr 14, 2027
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven
Updated on 16 May 2021
Pim Tonino, M.D
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Catharina Hospital Eindhoven (7.3 mi away) Contact


Discrepancies exist among aortic stenosis severity classification, patient symptom burden, and - in some cases - even survival. The new Stress Aortic Valve Index (SAVI) metric correlates better with transvalvular flow and might be a better predictor of symptoms and prognosis.

The current study will demonstrate the value of SAVI (both non-invasive and invasive) in patients with moderate aortic stenosis.

The population will consist of subjects at least 50 years old with moderate aortic stenosis (defined as aortic valve area >1.0 cm2 plus either maximal velocity 2.5-3.9 m/s or mean gradient 15-39 mmHg). Subjects with severe concomitant valve disease or severe unrevascularized coronary artery disease will be excluded, so that the isolated prognosis of aortic stenosis can be investigated.

All subjects will undergo invasive SAVI measurements during catheterization. Furthermore patients will receive non-invasive testing with an exercise echocardiogram and computed tomography (CT) scan for non-invasive SAVI measurements.

The short-term objective will compare SAVI with standard resting indexes for symptom burden, functional capacity, and biomarkers. The long-term objective will associate SAVI and standard resting indexes with clinical outcomes related to valvular disease. The investigators hypothesize that low SAVI (more marked AS during stress) will track with more symptoms and a worse prognosis.

Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness: The patients will have several study visits. The index visit will be planned to obtain informed consent and baseline parameters. The measurement visit(s) will consist of the invasive SAVI measurement, echocardiogram, stress echo imaging, 6-minute walk test, quality of life questionnaire, and the cardiac CT. During the final visit after 12 months, subjects will undergo a CT valvular calcium scan, quality of life questionnaire, and 6-minute walk test. Every subject will have an echocardiogram yearly as suggested by guideline criteria and could possibly be contacted until five years after enrollment. Blood samples will be drawn at baseline and the 1-year follow-up. Potentially the new SAVI metric could identify patients at higher risk among those with moderate gradient AS. However, since no outcome data currently exists regarding SAVI and prognosis, no conclusions could be derived from these measurements until study completion.

Condition Aortic Stenosis, VALVULAR HEART DISEASE, Heart Valve Disease, aortic valve stenosis
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04514250
SponsorCatharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven
Last Modified on16 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 50 years
Moderate aortic stenosis confirmed in the past 3 months by standard echocardiographic evaluation: aortic valve area >1.0 cm2 plus either maximal velocity 2.5-3.9 m/s or mean gradient 15-39 mmHg
Ability to undergo exercise stress testing
Ability to understand and the willingness to provide written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

A potential subject who meets any of the following criteria will be excluded
from participation in this study
Any hemodynamic criterion for severe AS: maximal velocity >= 4 m/s, mean gradient >= 40mmHg, aortic valve area =< 1 cm2
Percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting in the past three months, or have revascularization planned in the near future
Known, unrevascularized, and severe coronary artery disease (for example a 90% diameter stenosis or FFR<0.7 in the proximal left anterior descending artery)
Impaired left ventricular function (ejection fraction <50%)
Unicuspid, bicuspid, or non-calcified aortic valve observed during echocardiography (note that later cusp fusion noted during study-related cardiac imaging will not exclude a subject)
Severe aortic regurgitation, mitral valve disease, tricuspid regurgitation, or a significant intracardiac shunt
Co-existing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or severe septal hypertrophy >15mm
Persistent atrial fibrillation with uncontrolled ventricular response
Recent (within 6 weeks) acute coronary syndrome
Estimated glomerular filtration rate 30 mL/min or end-stage renal disease on replacement therapy (dialysis)
Severe COPD GOLD stage 3 or 4, home oxygen dependence, or 2 pulmonary inhalers (note that well-treated and stable asthma and GOLD stage 1 or 2 COPD is permitted)
Severe comorbid condition with life expectancy <2 years
Prior adverse reaction to dobutamine
Severe iodine contrast allergy
Severe pulmonary hypertension with systolic pulmonary artery pressure greater than 50mmHg or isolated and symptomatic right ventricular failure
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