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Ballooning aortic stenosis before urgent non-cardiac surgery– zest for action or necessity?

EuroIntervention 2021;17:e616-e617. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV17I8A111

1. Medizinische Klinik I, Landshut-Achdorf Hospital, Landshut, Germany; 2. Klinikum der Universität München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), partner site Munich Heart Alliance, Munich, Germany
As Europe’s population grows older, the number and proportion of people in older age groups increase. It is estimated that there will be an increase in the proportion of people over 65 years old from 20% today to 30% by 20701. Therefore, the number of elderly individuals in need of medical care due to age-related aggregation of comorbidities will grow continuously. The need for non-cardiac surgery (NCS) is particularly impacted by this development. It is estimated that by 2030 one fifth of individuals above 75 years old will undergo surgery each year2.

Aortic valve stenosis (AS), a disease of the ageing heart, is ...

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