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Jul 13 2018


Surgical aortic valve replacement benefits elderly patients
Patients aged 80 years and over benefit from surgical aortic valve replacement, according to a study published online in Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery on 9 May 2018.

Jul 02 2018


Learn from the experts: supplement on minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
The May issue of European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery contains a supplement on minimally invasive techniques and outcomes in surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR).

Jun 15 2018


Early redo surgery for structural valve deterioration of Mosaic valve
Redo surgery for structural valve deterioration occurs earlier in patients implanted with a Mosaic porcine bioprosthesis than in patients with a Perimount bioprosthesis, according to a single-centre observational study in the UK.

Apr 11 2018


Obesity is not an obstacle for minimally invasive surgery
MIAVR should be offered routinely to patients who are obese, report researchers in Germany.

Apr 11 2018


Good medium-term outcomes with the Ross procedure for patients with aortic valve disease
The Ross Procedure, or pulmonary autograft, provides good short-term outcomes for patients requiring aortic valve replacement and is a valuable option for children with aortic valve disease; however, the long-term durability of the autograft is still debated

Mar 22 2018


Significant impact of annular size on hemodynamics and prosthesis-patient mismatch after surgical but not transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) should be considered over surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) when choosing a tissue valve for small- and medium-size annuli, according to researchers from the CoreValve US Pivotal High Risk Trial.

Mar 22 2018


Reduction in right ventricular long-axis function after aortic valve replacement is worse with full sternotomy than with ministernotomy
Impairment in right ventricular (RV) function after aortic valve replacement (AVR) has been linked to the opening of the pericardium.

Mar 22 2018


Fair long-term outcomes after multiple reoperations on the aortic valve
Mortality and long-term outcomes are key considerations when performing multiple reoperations on the aortic valve (AV).

Jan 19 2018


Higher prevalence of coronary anomalies in patients with bicuspid versus tricuspid aortic valves
Coronary anomalies are more prevalent in patients with bicuspid aortic valves than in those with tricuspid valves, and are associated with an increase in postoperative ischaemic cardiac events

Jan 19 2018


Patient demographics influence valve disease characteristics
Valvular heart disease mainly affects older people and is mostly caused by left-sided valve disease.

Nov 16 2017


Intervention may be better than conservative treatment for managing normal flow-low gradient aortic stenosis
Patients with severe, symptomatic, normal flow-low gradient aortic stenosis may benefit more from AVR than conservative treatment.

Nov 16 2017


Aortic Valve Repair - Present and Future
Prof. H.-J Schäfers shares insights from his experience in Aortic Valve Repair.

Nov 08 2017


New guidance developed for treating severe aortic stenosis
A team comprising 11 organisations has written new guidance on treating patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Nov 03 2017


AVR survival unaffected by pressure gradient
AVR may improve survival for patients with severe aortic stenosis regardless of their pressure gradient and flow.

Nov 03 2017


Excellent durability for SAVR and TAVR
Results from the PARTNER trial, published online on 27 September 2017, show that both surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) have excellent durability.

Nov 01 2017


More evidence needed to establish best AVR approach
Sutureless aortic valve replacement (AVR) carries a lower 30-day mortality risk than transcatheter AVR, suggest UK researchers. But evidence on the safety of transcatheter or sutureless AVR versus conventional AVR is inconclusive, they say.

Oct 03 2017


Higher AVR death rates for women
Women have a higher chance of in‐hospital death than men following AVR, say researchers from the West Virginia University Heart & Vascular Institute, and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US.

Oct 03 2017


Poorer outcomes for TAVR patients with baseline RBBB
RBBB associated with poorer clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TAVR

Sep 21 2017


TAVI use and in-hospital mortality vary across the US
The odds of dying in hospital during or after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are higher in the south of the US than the rest of the country, according to a study published online in The American Journal of Cardiology on 10 August 2017.

Sep 21 2017


New ESC position statement on managing tricuspid valve regurgitation
ESC position statement on tricuspid regurgitation published in EJCTS.

Sep 06 2017


Point of incision has no effect on minimally invasive AVR outcomes
Patients undergoing minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (AVR) have a similar risk of early mortality regardless of whether they have anterior thoracotomy or mini-sternotomy.

Sep 06 2017


Transcatheter aortic valve thrombosis is correctable after TAVI
Transcatheter aortic valve thrombosis after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI) is rare and in most cases can be corrected by oral anticoagulation.

Sep 06 2017


Electrocardiographic strain predicts long-term mortality after AVR for aortic stenosis
Patients with electrocardiographic strain have a 4-fold increased risk of long-term death after aortic valve replacement (AVR) for aortic stenosis.

Sep 06 2017


Surgery improves quality of life in patients with severe aortic stenosis
Health-related quality of life improves in patients 1 year after surgical aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery on 18 July 2017.

Aug 10 2017


3D printing could help choose the best heart valve for patients undergoing TAVR
3D printing may help cardiologists predict paravalvular leakage – a common complication of TAVR.

Aug 04 2017


Four-item frailty scale is best at predicting poor AVR outcomes
The Essential Frailty Toolset (EFT) is the best frailty scale for predicting poor outcomes after TAVR and SAVR.

Aug 04 2017


The David procedure: a successful treatment for acute aortic type A dissection
The David procedure has good long-term results, even for unexpected operations for acute aortic dissection type A, say researchers from Hannover Medical School, Germany. They published their findings in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery on 10 July 2017.

Aug 04 2017


SAVR benchmarking analysis highlights excellent results
Benchmark of outcomes and costs for real-world SAVR in patients with low surgical risk.

Jul 19 2017


Valve repair improves prospects for patients after triple valve surgery
MR strategies improve post-surgical outcomes triple valve surgery patients

Jul 19 2017


Similar health status improvements for TAVR and SAVR
TAVR and SAVR similarly improve long-term health status in aortic stenosis patients

Jul 19 2017


Good 1-year outcomes for balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valve
Patients implanted with the SAPIEN 3TM balloon-expandable valve have low complication and mortality rates 1 year after insertion, report researchers from the SOURCE 3 trial in the European Heart Journal on 12 June 2017.

Jul 12 2017


Excellent 2-year outcomes for new bioprosthetic tissue
RESILIATM, a novel bioprosthetic tissue, demonstrates excellent safety and effectiveness for surgical aortic valve replacement, say investigators from the COMMENCE trial.

Jul 12 2017


Long-term Durability of Bioprosthetic Aortic Valves
Read this digest to have more insights on bioprosthetic aortic valves durability

Jul 07 2017


Early TAVR outcomes unaffected by valve type
Individual risk factors, rather than valve type, determine 30-day outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Jun 12 2017


The New INSPIRIS RESILIA Aortic Valve
Insights into a new tissue technology

Jun 02 2017


Free margin reinforcement: the most durable aortic cusp repair technique
The way surgeons perform cusp repair during aortic valve reimplantation affects valve durability, say Japanese researchers.


Jun 02 2017


Surgical aortic valve replacements still common despite transcatheter technology
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has not reduced the number of surgical aortic valve replacements (SAVRs), according to a study published on 24 April 2017.

May 29 2017


Transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery is a team sport
Over 75% of surgeons perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as part of a multidisciplinary heart team, according to a survey of almost 500 cardiac surgeons published in April 2017.

May 29 2017


Insights from the Gary Registry
Overall picture of AVR through data from the German Aortic Valve Registry

May 18 2017


New potential first-line treatment: transcatheter aortic valve implantation
Transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAo-TAVI) is currently done only as a last resort, when implantation via the usual access routes (i.e. transapical or transfemoral) is impossible.

May 18 2017


NOACs safe for most types of valvular heart disease
The safety and efficacy of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with valvular heart disease is similar to warfarin, according to a recent meta-analysis.

May 01 2017


State-of-the-art of minimally invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
State-of-the-art review: the MIAVR approach

Feb 20 2017


Key structures of the Aorta
Image Kit on Aorta's structure

Feb 20 2017


Basic Aortic Pictures
Image Kit on Aortic Valve

Feb 20 2017


Aortic Repair Cases with Annuloplasty
Dr. Lansac's presentation on Aortic repair with annuloplasty

Feb 17 2017


When Do I Repair vs. Replace: Indications for Aortic Repair
Patient selection algorithm for aortic repair vs. replacement

Feb 17 2017