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Tackling prosthetic heart valve-related deterioration: Liège translational cardiovascular research programme

EuroIntervention 2020;15:1485-1487. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I17A272

1. University of Liège Hospital, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Cardiology, CHU Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium; 2. National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS), Brussels, Belgium

The use of medical devices (MDs) has impacted positively on quality of life and survival. Prosthetic heart valves (PV) are among the most implanted blood-contacting MDs. About four million heart valve replacements have been performed over the past 50 years, and this remains the only definitive treatment for most patients with severe valvular heart disease. About 300,000 PV implantations are performed every year worldwide; the total number of valve replacements is projected to be 850,000 per year by 20501. With the advent of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), these figures are expected to increase even more. Two types of PV are in use ...

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