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TAVR (TAVI)

November 16, 2017
This brief article compares costs and morbidities for TAVR and SAVR in the current era.  TAVR costs are higher than for SAVR and have increased despite no apparent change in comorbidity index.  In contrast, SAVR costs remained stable during the same period.
November 7, 2017
Severe aortic regurgitation without calcification of the aortic annulus cannot be treated with transcatheter implantation of a balloon-expandable valve, however, self-expandable valves can be successfully anchored in the absence of annulus calcification.
October 20, 2017
Many answers need to be addressed before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is adopted in lower risk patients. This paper highlights the pros and cons of TAVI based mostly on randomized clinical trials involving the two device platforms approved in the United States.
October 19, 2017
Ganesh Manoharan of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, discusses design features of transcatheter aortic valves.
October 18, 2017
This study evaluates 1028 octogenarians who underwent isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR, 306 TAVR and 722 SAVR) between 2002 and 2015 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. The mean age of patients was 84.4 ± 3.4 years old, with overall STS-PROM score of 5.96 ± 3.87.
September 27, 2017
The authors analyzed their prospective hospital TAVR register to assess whether the addition of serum albumin as a marker of frailty would improve the ability of the STS and EuroSCORE-2 scores to predict mortality.  TAVR patients were divided into 4 groups based on median serum albumin and median STS and EuroSCORE-2 values. 
September 12, 2017
Vahidkhah and colleagues used patient-specific geometry of the aortic root, ascending aorta, and coronary arteries to model blood flow near the aortic valve leaflets. The authors use this model to better understand flow-related permissive factors that might mediate leaflet thrombosis following valve replacement.
September 12, 2017
Vets have performed life-saving heart surgery on what is believed to be the smallest dog to undergo the procedure.
September 8, 2017
Patient Care Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, disrupt many aspects of daily life. How do medical teams respond to the disruption of cardiac care?

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