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TAVI: An Improved Quality of Life


Transcatheter aortic valve implantation, also known as TAVI, could mean an improved quality of life in patients with severe aortic stenosis, according to the European Society of Cardiology. 

 

Aortic stenosis is a disease, most prevalent with regard to the aging population, affecting the opening of the aortic valve in the heart. A patient with aortic stenosis may experience shortness of breath during exertion due to the narrowing of the aortic valve, though mild to moderate aortic stenosis can sometimes go undetected with no pressing signs or symptoms.

TAVI was introduced as a less invasive treatment for patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis who were not able to receive surgical aortic valve replacement. During a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reviewed the benefits of TAVI as opposed to more invasive surgical procedures to correct the narrowing of the aortic valve.

The procedure includes a bioprosthetic valve inserted through a catheter and implanted with a diseased native aortic valve. A total of 358 patients, declared unsuitable for surgery, underwent random procedures at facilities throughout the United States. TAVI proved more suitable for patients unable to receive surgery and reduced the rate of death from any cause.

If you have a family history of heart disease or would like to talk to a local cardiologist about your heart health, contact a heart doctor today to request a consultation.

 

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