Percutaneous alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is an effective and minimally invasive therapeutic strategy to resolve left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who remain symptomatic on maximally tolerated medical therapy. First performed by Sigwart in 1994, the procedure consists in determining an iatrogenic infarction of the basal interventricular septum to reduce LVOTO and alleviate symptoms. Since its first description, numerous studies have demonstrated its efficacy and safety, proposing ASA as a valid and attractive alternative to surgical septal myectomy. The success rate of the intervention is profoundly affected by patient selection and centre experience. In this review, we sought to summarise current evidence on ASA, describing the procedure and proposing a cardiomyopathy team-based approach to resolve clinical disputes in clinical practice.
Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy: A Contemporary Reappraisal / Pelliccia, F; Niccoli, G; Gragnano, F; Limongelli, G; Moscarella, E; Andò, G; Esposito, A; Stabile, E; Ussia, Gp; Tarantini, G; Gimeno, Jr; Elliott, P; Calabrò, P.. - In: EUROINTERVENTION. - ISSN 1774-024X. - 15:5(2019), pp. 411-417. [10.4244/EIJ-D-18-00959]
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