1. Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Surgical bioprosthetic aortic valves were introduced with the purpose of avoiding oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy and thereby the risk of major bleeding in elderly patients. During the last decade, transcatheter bioprosthetic aortic valves have become an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), and antithrombotic therapy after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is mainly based on surgical practice. While waiting for the outcome of a number of ongoing trials comparing different antithrombotic regimes after TAVI, existing data indicate that, although OAC may potentially reduce the rate of ischaemic stroke as well as delay deterioration of the bioprosthetic valve, this ...
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