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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation – practice makes perfect

EuroIntervention 2017;13:897-899. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV13I8A132

1. Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 2. St Thomas’ Hospital, London, United Kingdom


Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has not been around as long as golf but is already the standard of care for patients with severe aortic stenosis at high surgical risk and is at least as good as surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in lower-risk groups. TAVI procedural volume now exceeds that of SAVR in many centres. Further expansion seems inevitable in response to patient preference and as ongoing trials and improved devices emerge. All procedures have a learning curve, with data from the United States Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) registry showing that TAVI complication rates are significantly higher in ...

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