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The role of the Heart Team in the planning of aortic valve replacement

EuroIntervention 2019;15:e1027-e1029. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I12A191

1. Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark


Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most frequent valvular heart disease in the Western world. During decades with slow progression of severity, the prognosis is good as long as the patient is asymptomatic. However, this changes dramatically with the onset of symptoms, which reduce the expected survival to a few years. All trials on various medical therapies have failed to demonstrate any efficacy in delaying disease progression, and the dismal fate of patients with severe symptomatic AS can only be reversed by aortic valve replacement (AVR). Despite this, a European survey in 2001 revealed that one third of patients with symptomatic ...

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