What are the AHA/ACC guidelines for assessing risk in patients with aortic stenosis?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: Xiushui (Mike) Ren, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Both the AHA/ACC and ESC/EACTS guidelines require intervention decisions for severe VHD be based on an individual risk-benefit analysis. Improved prognosis should outweigh the risk of intervention and potential late consequences, particularly complications related to prosthetic valves. [5, 6]

Recognizing the known limitations of the EuroSCORE (European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation) and the STS score, the AHA/ACC guidelines suggest using the STS criteria plus three additional indicators: frailty (using accepted indices), major organ system compromise not improved postoperatively, and procedure-specific impediment when assessing risk. [6]


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