J Cardiovasc Imaging.  2019 Apr;27(2):105-118. 10.4250/jcvi.2019.27.e19.

Mid-term Clinical Outcomes in a Cohort of Asymptomatic or Mildly Symptomatic Korean Patients with Bicuspid Aortic Valve in a Tertiary Referral Hospital

  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungnam National University School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 2Valvular Heart Disease Center, Asan Medical Center Heart Institute, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jksong@amc.seoul.kr
  • 3Research Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon, Korea.


Although bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is one of the most common congenital heart diseases, clinical outcome data regarding BAV are still limited. We evaluated clinical characteristics and mid-term clinical outcomes of asymptomatic Korean patients with bicuspid aortic valve.
We initiated a prospective registry in 2014 at a tertiary referral hospital. To develop a cohort of asymptomatic patients, we excluded patients who previously underwent open heart surgery (OHS) or who had OHS within 6 months of referral.
A total of 170 patients (117 male [69%], age 50 ± 13 years) were enrolled. More than 70% (n = 124, 73%) were incidentally diagnosed with BAV during routine health examinations or preoperative screening for non-cardiac surgery. At the time of enrollment, moderate to severe aortic stenosis (AS) or regurgitation (AR) was present in 77 patients (45%) and 98 (58%) showed aortic dilation: 42 (25%) had non-significant valvular dysfunction without aortic dilation. During a median follow-up of 4 years, AS severity increased significantly (p < 0.001), while there was no significant change in AR severity (p = 0.361). A total of 27 patients (16%) underwent OHS, including isolated aortic valve (AV) surgery (n = 11, 41%), AV with combined aortic surgery (n = 12, 44%), and isolated aortic surgery (n = 4, 15%): no patient developed aortic dissection. Moderate to severe AS (hazard ratio [HR] 4.61; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.83-11.62; p = 0.001), NYHA class ≥ 2 (HR 2.53; 95% CI 1.01-6.35; p = 0.048) and aortic dilation (HR 2.13; 95% CI 0.87-5.21; p = 0.099) were associated with surgical events.
Progression patterns of valvular dysfunction and impacts of BAV phenotype on OHS should be explored in future studies with longer follow-up durations.


Bicuspid aortic valve; Aortic valve function; Clinical outcome
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