Aortic Dilatation Associated With Bicuspid Aortic Valve: Relation to Sex, Hemodynamics, and Valve Morphology (the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute-Sponsored National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions) Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Aorta, Thoracic
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic
  • Aortic Valve
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Hemodynamics
  • Registries


  • This study analyzed the impact of sex, hemodynamic profile, and valve fusion pattern on aortopathy associated with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute-sponsored National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions (GenTAC) provided comprehensive information on a large population of well-characterized patients with BAV. Of 969 enrolled patients with BAV, 551 (57%, 77% male) had already undergone valvular and/or aortic surgery. Echocardiographic imaging data were available on 339 unoperated or preoperative participants who formed the basis of this study. BAV function was normal in 45 (14%), with a predominant aortic regurgitation (AR) in 127 (41%) and a predominant aortic stenosis (AS) in 76 (22%). Moderate-severe AR was associated with larger sinus of Valsalva (SOV) diameters compared with normal function and AS (all p <0.01). Moderate-severe AS was associated with a larger ascending aortic (AscAo) diameter compared with normal function (p = 0.003) but not with AR. The SOV diameter was larger in men than in women (3.7 ± 0.7 vs 3.3 ± 0.6 cm, p <0.0001), whereas AscAo diameters were comparable (3.9 ± 0.9 vs 3.7 ± 0.9 cm, p = 0.08). Right-left commissural fusion was associated with a larger SOV diameter (3.7 ± 0.7 vs 3.3 ± 0.6 cm, p <0.0001) compared with a right-noncoronary fusion pattern. Predominant AR was more common in men (45% vs 27%, p = 0.004), whereas AS was more common in women (29% vs 18%, p = 0.04). In conclusion, in the GenTAC Registry, AR was associated with diffuse (annular, SOV, and AscAo) enlargement, whereas moderate-severe AS was only associated with AscAo enlargement. Male sex and right-left cusp pattern of cusp fusion were associated with larger SOV diameters and a greater likelihood of AR, whereas women had a higher prevalence of AS.

publication date

  • January 2017



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC5593782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.06.061

PubMed ID

  • 28802510

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