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17th European Heart Disease and Heart Failure Congress

London, UK

Sherif A S A Mansour

Sherif A S A Mansour

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Title: Benefits of Sildenafil to patients suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension secondary to mitral stenosis undergoing mitral valve replacement


Biography: Sherif A S A Mansour


Introduction & Objective: Sildenafil (phosphodiesterase inhibitor type 5) has been successfully used to treat primary pulmonary hypertension. Mitral valve disease notably stenotic lesion is a long standing disease, in developing countries late detection results in increase association with severe secondary (PAH) pulmonary hypertension. Right ventricular (RV) failure is a leading cause of increased morbidity and mortality of patients with severe pulmonary hypertension undergoing mitral valve surgery. The study aims to confirm the effectiveness of preoperative oral sildenafil in decreasing the incidence of RV failure in this category of patients.

Methods: Eighty patients scheduled for mitral valve replacement surgery with severe PAH, RV systolic pressure (RVSP) ≥60mmHg were included in the study. Patients were randomized into two groups: Gr C - placebo (N=40), and Gr S - Sildenafil (N=40) with oral sildenafil 25 mg eight hourly for 48 h before surgery with the last dose given 25 mg in 10 ml via nasogastric tube after induction of anesthesia. In both group the need for inotropes was recorded and doses were titrated to achieve hemodynamic stability during and after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB).

Results: Pulmonary artery pressure was significantly reduced in the sildenafil group. Ventilation time was less in the sildenafil group but without statically significant value, CPB time was significantly lower in the sildenafil group (p=0.05) and postoperative ITU stay was significantly lower (P<0.001) in sildenafil group. The requirements of inotropes notably dobutrex and milrinone were significantly more with placebo group compared to sildenafil group.

Conclusions: It is concluded that sildenafil is safe and effective in reducing severe pulmonary hypertension when given to patients prior to the mitral valve replacement surgery; which facilitated weaning from CPB.