Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: The Berlin Experience

D'Ancona, Giuseppe; Pasic, Miralem; Drews, Thorsten; Buz, Semih; Dreysse, Stephan; Unbehaun, Axel; Hetzer, Roland
October 2012
Scripta Medica;2012, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p79
Academic Journal
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been recently introduced as a means to treat patients with severe aortic valve stenosis at high risk or rejected for conventional surgery. In the present manuscript we summarize the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (DHZB) experience with transapical TAVI starting from the initial steps for adequate TAVI team building and training and focusing on the technical issues and results in the first 500 operated patients. We will also comment upon the future of TAVI in the light of the results from large recent multi-center trials.


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