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Pulmonary hypertension and elevated transpulmonary gradient in patients with mitral stenosis.
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PMID:  21214093     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Pulmonary hypertension frequently complicates mitral stenosis, with a subset of these patients exhibiting pressures well in excess of their mitral valve hemodynamics. The prevalence of this condition and its impact on clinical outcome following percutaneous balloon mitral commissurotomy (PBMC) is unknown.
METHODS: The transpulmonary gradient (TPG) was measured in 317 patients undergoing PBMC; patients were subsequently defined as having either an appropriate or excessive TPG (< or =15 mmHg or >15 mmHg, respectively). Twenty-two patients were excluded due to valvuloplasty-related significant mitral regurgitation. The remaining 295 patients (250 females, 45 males; mean age 52 +/- 13 years) were prospectively followed up, with each patient underwent serial echocardiography.
RESULTS: Among the patients, 214 (73%) had pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary artery pressure >25 mmHg) and 55 (19%) also had an elevated TPG. Females were almost fivefold more likely than males to have an elevated TPG (p = 0.003). Patients with an elevated TPG had a worse mean NYHA functional class than those with a normal TPG (3.0 +/- 0.5 versus 2.7 +/- 0.6, p = 0.01), while the mitral valve area (MVA) was slightly smaller in patients with an elevated TPG (1.0 +/- 0.2 versus 1.1 +/- 0.2 cm2, p = 0.003). All patients demonstrated a significant increase in MVA after commissurotomy (final MVA 1.7 +/- 0.6 cm2, p < 0.001 for elevated TPG; 1.8 +/- 0.4 cm2, p < 0.001 for normal TPG), and the NYHA class at six months was improved for all patients (2.8 +/- 0.6 versus 1.6 +/- 0.7, p < 0.001). The improvements in NYHA class, TPG and MVA were sustained at 36 months.
CONCLUSION: Pulmonary hypertension with elevated TPG occurs in patients with mitral stenosis, and is significantly more common in females. Despite worse symptoms and higher right-sided pressures, PBMC is equally successful in patients with a normal TPG, and provides sustained benefit for up to 36 months after the procedure.
Stephen A Hart; Richard A Krasuski; Andrew Wang; Katherine Kisslo; J Kevin Harrison; Thomas M Bashore
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart valve disease     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0966-8519     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Heart Valve Dis.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-10     Completed Date:  2011-01-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9312096     Medline TA:  J Heart Valve Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  708-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Balloon Dilation* / adverse effects
Blood Pressure*
Chi-Square Distribution
Echocardiography, Doppler
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Catheterization
Hypertension, Pulmonary / etiology,  physiopathology,  therapy*,  ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Mitral Valve Stenosis / complications,  physiopathology,  therapy*,  ultrasonography
North Carolina
Prospective Studies
Pulmonary Artery / physiopathology*,  ultrasonography
Pulmonary Circulation*
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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