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Tools & Techniques: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: transfemoral approach

EuroIntervention 2011;6:784-785.

1. CHU Bichat–Claude Bernard, AP-HP, Paris, France; 2. St George Hospital, London, UK

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has recently emerged as a treatment option for high risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and has now been performed in more than 20,000 patients. This article provides an overview on TAVI with a special focus on the technical aspects when using the transfemoral approach. The following is an introduction and summary of the complete unabridged version, supplemented with extensive moving imagery, which can be viewed at


Two devices are commercially available:

The balloon expandable Edwards SAPIEN XTTM transcatheter heart valve (ES; Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA ...

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