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Future Cardiol. 2010 Jan;6(1):83-95. doi: 10.2217/fca.09.53.

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: what has been done and what is going to be done.

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Division of Cardiology, Ferrarotto Hospital, University of Catania, Italy and ETNA Foundation, Catania, Italy.


Transcatheter valve implantation is developing into an effective and reproducible therapy for aortic valve stenosis. The origin of this technique was pursued in 1992 when Andersen demonstrated the feasibility of percutaneous implantation of catheter-based valve prosthesis. Since then a lot of technical and device advances have been made and to date, transcatheter aortic valve implantation has became a concrete alternative to surgical replacement. This paper aims to go over all the current devices, from the most widely used to the newest technology, focusing on device description, procedural issues, potential complications and clinical studies currently available in literature.

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