Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: selection strategy is crucial for outcome.

  title={Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: selection strategy is crucial for outcome.},
  author={Nawwar H K Al-Attar and Dominique Himbert and Fleur Descoutures and Bernard Iung and Richard Raffoul and David Messika-Zeitoun and Eric Brochet and Fady Francis and Hassan Ibrahim and Alec P Vahanian and Patrick R Nataf},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={87 6},
  pages={1757-62; discussion 1762-3}
BACKGROUND We describe the results of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in high-risk patients with aortic stenosis. Transfemoral access was the first option, and if contraindicated, the transapical approach was used. METHODS Fifty patients were consecutively treated with TAVI because of high surgical risk or contraindications to operation. Mean age was 83 +/- 6 years, and most were in New York Heart Association classes III and IV. The predicted surgical mortality was 28% +/- 14… CONTINUE READING


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