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Durability of transcatheter bioprosthetic aortic valves: the story so far

EuroIntervention 2019;15:846-849. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I10A160

1. Division of Cardiology, A.O.U. “Policlinico-Vittorio Emanuele”, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 2. Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

The recent successes of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are obvious1,2, but one important question remains: how long does a transcatheter heart valve (THV) last3? The answer to this question has a different meaning according to whether the patient who asks it is 85 (e.g., Adam), 75 (e.g., Bill) or 65 years old (e.g., Chris). Adam has other things to think about and whether the valve lasts 10 or 15 years doesn’t make much difference to him. Bill is rightly more interested in the topic, but feels reassured by the notion that in case of THV failure he will ...

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