Juan Sandoval, MD
- Balloon Dilation Atrial Septostomy and Potts Anastomosis for Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Why, When, and How
Despite advances in pharmacologic treatment, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains a fatal disease. In recent years, surgical/interventional approaches including balloon dilation atrial septostomy and Potts anastomosis have been applied to improve the hemodynamic variables associated with right ventricular failure in the setting of PAH. These interventions may improve quality of life and prolong survival in this population. In this review, we will discuss the role of these 2 therapeutic alternatives in the management of PAH.