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Balloon Atrial Septostomy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Effect on Survival and Associated Outcomes
The Columbia group performed a retrospective analysis of 46 balloon atrial septostomies in 32 patients with severe and medically refractory PAH from 2002-2013. There were no procedural deaths or complications. BAS was safely used as a bridge to lung transplantation or to alleviate right heart failure symptoms and/or syncope.