Stress Echocardiography in Aortic Valve Disease

  • Julien MagneEmail author
  • Erwan Donal
  • Dania Mohty
  • Luc A. Pierard


In aortic valve disease, the role of stress echocardiography is well supported by the literature. Exercise stress echocardiography is a tool of choice in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). However, it remains strictly contra-indicated in patients with symptoms. During exercise, the changes in trans-aortic velocity and gradient, in systolic pulmonary arterial pressure and in left ventricular ejection fraction, are of clinical and prognostic interest. The dobutamine stress echocardiography in patients with AS and low flow-low gradient (i.e. with impaired left ventricular ejection fraction) is useful to differentiate true severe and pseudo severe AS, to assess flow reserve, and ultimately to guide decision making and stratify the risk of patients.


Aortic stenosis Aortic regurgitation Exercise stress echocardiography Dobutamine stress echocardiography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julien Magne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Erwan Donal
    • 2
  • Dania Mohty
    • 1
  • Luc A. Pierard
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyDupuytren University Hospital, Inserm U1094, Limoges UniversityLimogesFrance
  2. 2.Cardiology Department and CIC-IT 804CHU RennesRennesFrance
  3. 3.Department of CardiologyHeart Valve Clinic, University Hospital Sart Tilman, University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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