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Going ultra!

EuroIntervention 2020;15:1223-1224. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I14A219

1. Ramsay Générale de Santé, Institut Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud, Massy, France

Since Alain Cribier performed the first compassionate intervention in April 2002, the SAPIEN valve has undergone continuous improvements which were incorporated into the design of the SAPIEN XT, SAPIEN 3 (S3) and more recently the SAPIEN 3 Ultra (all Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA).

The development of the SAPIEN 3 Ultra (fifth-generation balloon-expandable valve) was initiated several years ago. The objective was to simplify the procedure by using a new version of the eSheath™ (Axela; Edwards Lifesciences), a delivery system with an enhanced profile, and an on-balloon valve crimping system in order to obviate the need for positioning the valve on ...

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