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"Evolut Valves: Initial Positioning Can Be Optimized for Future Coronary Access" - Michael O'Riordan

  • TCT MD
  • New York, NY
  • (July 10, 2019)

As transcatheter aortic valve replacement is edging toward being a consideration for younger, lower-risk patients. Researchers are beginning to think not only about achieving good clinical outcomes during the initial implantation but also about preparing the patient for future interventions, such as PCI. “The issue is that, unlike surgery where we actually remove the leaflets of the aortic valve and put the new valve in and then align the commissures properly, in TAVR, nobody has been paying attention to how the valve aligns with the native anatomy,” said lead author Gilbert Tang, MD, senior faculty of cardiovascular surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “The focus has been on achieving good outcomes and not whether we need to intervene down the road or to have coronary access in the future. Now, we know that the incidence of coronary artery disease in these younger TAVR patients is quite high. These patients will need to have PCI or at least a diagnostic cath at some point in their lifetime.”

— Gilbert Tang, MD, Surgical Director, Structural Heart Program, Senior Faculty, Cardiovascular Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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