Updated guidelines simplify approach to referrals for valvular heart disease
September 13, 2021
The highly anticipated 2021 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease have finally landed.
We are excited to bring you a summary of the main updates, plus the new materials coming soon to support you and your teams in understanding and implementing the changes.
Key points include:
Treatment recommendations for all patients with severe aortic stenosis to be made by the Heart Team
Intervention options for patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis
Bioprosthetic valves now recommended for those with life expectancy shorter than valve durability
Intervention recommended for patients with secondary mitral regurgitation, who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy
Use your experience of severe aortic stenosis to ensure the best patient outcomes
The choice between surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) must be made following evaluation of all factors – clinical, anatomical and procedural – weighing the risks and benefits of each approach for all patients with severe aortic stenosis, and after discussion with the patient.
Treatment options have broadened for patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis, including those with systolic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction (LV ejection fraction <55%) without another cause.
Enable more of your patients to live the active lifestyle they desire
Bioprosthetic valves now have a Class I recommendation for patients with life expectancy lower than the durability of the valve. Now, more of your patients can live a life free from anticoagulation. In addition, bioprosthetic valves may be considered for patients already on long-term novel oral anticoagulants.
Ensure you meet your patients’ high expectations by offering them the best valve technologies.
Be courageous, be experienced, be ethical… according to the guidelines!
Join us from the comfort of your office for a virtual symposium discussing the changes and what they mean for your practice. Eleven speakers from across Europe will cover the implications for the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves. Click here for the full programme.
Tuesday 21 September 2021
3.00–7.45 pm CET
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