Torsten Vahl, M.D., director of experimental and translational research, Structural Heart and Valve Center and at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, explains the current state of transcatheter arctic valve replacement (TAVR) following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of TAVR in all surgical risk patient categories. Europe also cleared the use of the Sapien 3 device for low risk patients in November 2019.
He spoke on TAVR at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2019 meeting. In August 2019, the FDA cleared the use of TAVR in all surgical risk classes of patients using the Edwards Sapien 3 and Medtronic CoreValve devices. This means the heart team made up of a cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist and cardiac imaging specialist can determine if surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or TAVR should be used. It is widely expected TAVR use will rapidly rise in the next five years to take over 50 to 70 percent of the aortic valve replacement procedural volume. It is expected surgical volumes will drop to about 20 percent of patients who do not qualify for TAVR because of anatomic issues or other variables that make SAVR a safer option.
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