Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: assessing the learning curve.

  title={Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: assessing the learning curve.},
  author={Oluseun O. Alli and Jeffrey D Booker and Ryan J Lennon and Kevin L Greason and Charanjit S. Rihal and David R. Holmes},
  journal={JACC. Cardiovascular interventions},
  volume={5 1},
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the learning curve for the implantation of the percutaneous aortic valve via the transfemoral route. BACKGROUND Transcutaneous aortic valve insertion is a fundamentally new procedure for the treatment of aortic valve stenosis. The number of cases needed to gain proficiency with concomitant ease and familiarity (i.e., the "learning curve") with the procedure is unknown. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of the first 44 consecutive… CONTINUE READING