Ventricular function in aortic stenosis: how low can you go?

  title={Ventricular function in aortic stenosis: how low can you go?},
  author={Blase Anthony Carabello},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  volume={39 8},
In 1980, we reported that patients with aortic stenosis (AS) who had a low mean gradient ( 30 mm Hg) and low ejection fraction ( 0.30) fared poorly following aortic valve replacement (AVR) (1). We also demonstrated that while ejection fraction may be reduced in AS either because of afterload mismatch or contractile dysfunction, in patients with low transvalvular gradient, afterload mismatch is rarely the explanation for reduced ejection performance. Rather these patients suffer from severe… CONTINUE READING
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