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Eur Heart J. 2011 Jan;32(2):140-7. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehq453. Epub 2010 Dec 4.

Percutaneous transarterial aortic valve implantation: what do we know?

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St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is assuming a major role in the routine management of patients with aortic stenosis. Surgical aortic valve replacement is generally accepted to prolong survival, on the basis of historical comparisons and long experience. However, recently percutaneous transarterial TAVI has assumed the position as the only therapy in any aortic stenosis patient group demonstrated to prolong survival in a randomized trial. Arguably, percutaneous TAVI is now the standard of care in symptomatic patients who are not candidates for conventional surgery. On the basis of almost 10 years of experience TAVI also appears to be a reasonable option for some operable, but high-risk patients. Nevertheless considerable work needs to be done before the indications for TAVI are expanded into lower risk groups. We review what is currently known about percutaneous transarterial implantation of the aortic valve.

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