Table 2

Reasons for planned omission/performance of BAV*

n/N (%)
Reasons given for BAV omission (n=146)
 Desire to shorten procedural duration109/146 (74.7)
 Cost reduction1/145 (0.7)
 Avoidance of rapid pacing16/145 (11.0)
 Perceived risk of annulus rupture35/146 (24.0)
 Perceived risk of cerebral microemboli93/145 (64.1)
 Risk of AV block32/145 (22.1)
 Other reason7/145 (4.8)
Reasons given for BAV performance (n=50)
 Rehearsal before final positioning/release0/50 (0)
 Assistance in choice of valve size13/50 (26.0)
 Stretching of the aortic wall to crack calcifications5/50 (10.0)
 Assistance in crossing the aortic valve31/50 (62.0)
 Reduction of PVL2/50 (4.0)
 Reduction of radial force needed for valve expansion0/50 (0)
 Other reason0/50 (0)
  • *More than one reason may apply per patient.

  • AV, atrioventricular;BAV, balloon aortic valvuloplasty; PVL, paravalvular leak; patient. TAVI, transcatheter aortic valve implantation.