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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: there is still much to know

EuroIntervention 2016;12:21. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV12SYA5

1. Cardio-Thorax-Vascular and Transplant Department, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 2. Department of Cardiology, Clinique Pasteur, Toulouse, France
Once upon a time, there was a new-born and extremely promising interventional technique just entering the scientific community of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. This novel approach imagined the successful transcatheter implantation of a bioprosthetic aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis. From its infancy, the transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) technique has grown, offering a halo of contrasting feelings. On one hand, there were a few optimistic and visionary physicians who were firmly convinced that this procedure was here to stay. On the other hand, there was an army of sceptics who did not – or would not – see a ...

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