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AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether coronary artery disease (CAD) severity exerts a gradient of risk in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 445 patients with severe AS undergoing TAVI were included into a prospective registry between 2007 and 2012. The preoperative SYNTAX score (SS) was determined from baseline coronary angiograms. In case of revascularization prior to TAVI, residual SS (rSS) was also determined. Clinical outcomes were compared between patients without CAD (n = 158), patients with low SS (0-22, n = 207), and patients with high SS (SS > 22, n = 80). The pre-specified primary endpoint was the composite of cardiovascular death, stroke, or myocardial infarction (MI). At 1 year, CAD severity was associated with higher rates of the primary endpoint (no CAD: 12.5%, low SS: 16.1%, high SS: 29.6%; P = 0.016). This was driven by differences in cardiovascular mortality (no CAD: 8.6%, low SS: 13.6%, high SS: 20.4%; P = 0.029), whereas the risk of stroke (no CAD: 5.1%, low SS: 3.3%, high SS: 6.7%; P = 0.79) and MI (no CAD: 1.5%, low SS: 1.1%, high SS: 4.0%; P = 0.54) was similar across the three groups. Patients with high SS received less complete revascularization as indicated by a higher rSS (21.2 ± 12.0 vs. 4.0 ± 4.4, P < 0.001) compared with patients with low SS. High rSS tertile (> 14) was associated with higher rates of the primary endpoint at 1 year (no CAD:12.5%, low rSS: 16.5%, high rSS: 26.3%, P = 0.043). CONCLUSIONS: Severity of CAD appears to be associated with impaired clinical outcomes at 1 year after TAVI. Patients with SS > 22 receive less complete revascularization and have a higher risk of cardiovascular death, stroke, or MI than patients without CAD or low SS.

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Journal article


Eur Heart J

Publication Date





2530 - 2540


Aortic stenosis, Coronary artery disease, SYNTAX score, Transcatheter aortic valve implantation, Aged, 80 and over, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Coronary Artery Disease, Female, Heart Valve Prosthesis, Humans, Male, Myocardial Infarction, Prospective Studies, Severity of Illness Index, Stroke, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Treatment Outcome