Distal radial access balloon aortic valvuloplasty

Alexandru Achim, Zoltan Ruzsa, Roland Papp, Olivier F. Bertrand, Bela Merkely, Levente Molnar

Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty (BAV) conducted through the radial artery is a new approach that may broaden the practical indications of aortic valvuloplasty due to the very low rate of vascular complications reported. Knowing the technique, which sheaths are compatible with the radial artery, which balloons are compatible with the respective sheaths is essential for the operator when embarking on a mini-BAV technique, but the learning curve is short and the benefits are many.