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Incorporating patients’ preferences into the Heart Team equation

EuroIntervention 2020;16:784-786. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I10A146

1. Université de Paris, Paris, France; 2. INSERM 1148, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Paris, France; 3. Cardiology Department, Bichat - Claude-Bernard Hospital, Paris, France


Introduction

The Heart Team (HT) is essential when deciding upon the intervention in patients with valvular heart disease (VHD). There is evidence that patients express clear preferences for being involved in medical decision making. Unfortunately, the information patients can provide is overall underutilised1.

HT recommendations should be discussed with the patient, who can then make an informed decision taking into account his/her values and expectations in order to optimise patient-centred outcomes2.

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) will be used as an illustration in this editorial, because of the large clinical experience in this technique throughout ...

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