Acute Hemodynamic Effects of Sildenafil in Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis

2014-07-23 21:10:54 | BioPortfolio


Pulmonary hypertension is common in patients with aortic stenosis and is associated with worse operative and long-term outcomes. Sildenafil has been shown to reduce pulmonary artery pressure and improve exercise performance in patients with left-sided heart failure, but this has not been tested in patients with aortic stenosis. We hypothesize that Sildenafil will produce a clinically significant decrease in pulmonary artery pressure in patients with severe aortic stenosis. The dose of Sildenafil that produces a significant decrease in pulmonary artery pressure will be safe and well tolerated in patients with and without a depressed ejection fraction.


Patients with severe aortic stenosis referred for a clinically ordered right and left heart catheterization will be eligible. Twenty subjects will be enrolled: 10 with EF ≥ 50% and 10 with EF < 50% (enriched for those with moderate to severe left ventricular dysfunction). Subjects will get a baseline echo prior to the heart catheterization. Baseline invasive hemodynamic measurements will be performed using a Swan Ganz catheter. A single oral dose of sildenafil will then be administered (40mg or 80mg), followed by invasive hemodynamic measurements at 30 and 60 minutes. Also at 60 minutes, limited echocardiographic images will be obtained.

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Aortic Stenosis




Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis
United States




Washington University School of Medicine

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A pathological constriction that can occur above (supravalvular stenosis), below (subvalvular stenosis), or at the AORTIC VALVE. It is characterized by restricted outflow from the LEFT VENTRICLE into the AORTA.

A pathological constriction occurring in the region above the AORTIC VALVE. It is characterized by restricted outflow from the LEFT VENTRICLE into the AORTA.

A pathological constriction occurring in the region below the AORTIC VALVE. It is characterized by restricted outflow from the LEFT VENTRICLE into the AORTA.

Surgical treatment for severe AORTIC VALVE STENOSIS. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is used as an alternative option in patients who are deemed at high risk or inoperable for traditional open-heart surgery.

A type of constriction that is caused by the presence of a fibrous ring (discrete type) below the AORTIC VALVE, anywhere between the aortic valve and the MITRAL VALVE. It is characterized by restricted outflow from the LEFT VENTRICLE into the AORTA.

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