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Historical perspective – 10th year anniversary of TAVI

Historical perspective: 10th year anniversary of TAVI

EuroIntervention 2012;8:Q15-Q17. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV8SQA4

Charles Nicolle Hospital, University of Rouen, Rouen, France
If the development of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for the treatment of calcific aortic stenosis (AS) can be considered a “success story” today, it is nothing short of a miracle as the project appeared totally unrealistic in the early 1990s. Over the course of the history of medicine we have repeatedly seen disruptive innovations that at first look unfeasible and unacceptable. It is quite thrilling, therefore, to observe the current expansion of this technology worldwide only 10 years after the first-in-man (FIM) TAVI procedure performed in Rouen on April 16th, 2002, an event that was wonderfully celebrated on May 13th 2012 in ...

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