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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: a further step towards a patient-tailored therapy

EuroIntervention 2016;12:695-697. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV12I6A112

1. Department of Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, University Hospital Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; 2. Department of Cardiology, Non-invasive Imaging, University Hospital Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium


Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a rapidly evolving technique providing robust treatment of severe aortic valve stenosis, at least in (very) high-risk patient cohorts. However, different important limitations, having a potential impact on patient outcome, still need to be resolved. Indeed, with several first-generation balloon-expandable or self-expanding TAVR prostheses, residual paravalvular aortic regurgitation (AR) after TAVR has been identified as a significant independent major predictor of acute and long-term mortality. Moreover, conduction disorders requiring pacemaker implantation, and also concerns about early (leaflet thrombosis/decreased leaflet motion) and late valve durability, need to be resolved before applying TAVR to ...

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