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Interventions for valvular disease and heart failure

Direct visualisation of the BASILICA technique post TAVR to enhance coronary flow

EuroIntervention 2020;16:680-681. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-20-00158

1. Departments of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 2. Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3. Division of Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA




Figure 1. Still images of BASILICA technique procedures recorded from aortic (A,C,E,G) and left ventricular (B,D,F,H) views.

Obstruction of blood flow to the coronary arteries during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a potentially fatal complication that occurs in ~2.3% of valve-in-valve procedures. Many patients identified at risk of coronary obstruction remain too high a risk for open heart surgery and their treatment is limited to palliative care. In May 2017, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Washington developed an electrosurgery catheter-based technique, to slice the leaflets ...

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