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Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2009 Feb 1;73(2):161-6. doi: 10.1002/ccd.21843.

Feasibility of complex coronary intervention in combination with percutaneous aortic valve implantation in patients with aortic stenosis using percutaneous left ventricular assist device (TandemHeart).

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Department of Interventional Cardiology, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Coronary atherosclerosis is a common finding in patients with severe aortic stenosis. Indeed, aortic stenosis is associated with risk factors similar those of coronary atherosclerosis such as older age, hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and smoking. In light of the evolution of percutaneous aortic valve implantation (PAVI) and ongoing improvements in techniques of PCI, a combined approach using PCI and PAVI can be proposed for patients with complex coronary artery and aortic valve disease. This report describes the feasibility of the combination of percutaneous coronary intervention and percutaneous aortic valve implantation with peripheral left ventricular assist device (TandemHeart) support in 3 elderly patients with complex coronary artery disease and aortic stenosis considered too high risk for conventional surgical therapy.

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