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Aortic valve disease - Top 30 Publications

MicroRNA-449c-5p inhibits osteogenic differentiation of human VICs through Smad4-mediated pathway.

Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most common heart valve disorder, yet its mechanism remains poorly understood. Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are the prevalent cells in aortic valve and their osteogenic differentiation may be responsible for calcific nodule formation in CAVD pathogenesis. Emerging evidence shows microRNA (miRNA, or miR) can function as important regulators of many pathological processes, including osteogenic differentiation. Here, we aimed to explore the function of miR-449c-5p in CAVD pathogenesis. In this study, we demonstrated the role of miR-449c-5p in VICs osteogenesis. MiRNA microarray assay and qRT-PCR results revealed miR-449c-5p was significantly down-regulated in calcified aortic valves compared with non-calcified valves. MiR-449c-5p overexpression inhibited VICs osteogenic differentiation in vitro, whereas down-regulation of miR-449c-5p enhanced the process. Target prediction analysis and dual-luciferase reporter assay confirmed Smad4 was a direct target of miR-449c-5p. Furthermore, knockdown of Smad4 inhibited VICs osteogenic differentiation, similar to the effect observed in up-regulation miR-449c-5p. In addition, animal experiments proved indirectly miR-449c-5p could alleviate aortic valve calcification. Our data suggested miR-449c-5p could function as a new inhibitory regulator of VICs osteogenic differentiation, which may act by targeting Smad4. MiR-449c-5p may be a potential therapeutic target for CAVD.

Differential expression of osteopontin, and osteoprotegerin mRNA in epicardial adipose tissue between patients with severe coronary artery disease and aortic valvular stenosis: association with HDL subclasses.

Previous studies suggest a relationship of the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) with progression and calcification of the atherosclerotic plaque; however, it is unknown if this tissue expresses genes that may participate on these processes and if the expression of these genes is regulated by high-density lipoprotein (HDL) subclasses.

Severe Valvular Aortic Stenosis and Fixed Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis: A Rare and Challenging Combination.

A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis. The patient underwent surgical resection of the subaortic membrane followed by bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement, with resolution of his symptoms. Video 1: Transesophageal echocardiography, five-chamber view, showing the calcified aortic valve and subaortic membrane. Video 2: Transesophageal echocardiography, long-axis view, showing aliasing of the aortic flow at valvular and subvalvular levels.

Fungal Endocarditis Due to Aspergillus oryzae: The First Case Reported in the Literature.

Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease with high mortality and morbidity. Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a life-threatening complication which can occur in less than 10% of patients with valve prosthesis. A fungal etiology of IE is rare and accounts for only 2-4% of all case of endocarditis, but is associated with a higher mortality and morbidity. Herein is reported the first case of fungal endocarditis of aortic valve prosthesis due to Aspergillus oryzae in a 67-year-old caucasian man who nine years previously underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses, and tricuspid annuloplasty for acute IE due to Enterococcus spp. Seven months previously, the patient also underwent a redo cardiac procedure to replace a mitral valve prosthesis with a new mechanical device due to a leakage. Aspergillus oryzae showed impressive growth with strong and unexpected virulence in both local and systemic settings.

Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the United States: implications for the perfusion profession. A 2017 update.

By analyzing epidemiological trends in cardiovascular disease (CVD), key stakeholders can make informed decisions on the future of disease burden and treatment. Accordingly, the cardiovascular perfusion community would benefit from data that would help predict future professional resource utilization.

Reply: Coronary Artery Disease Affects Symptomatology of Aortic Valve Stenosis.

Coronary Artery Disease Affects Symptomatology of Aortic Valve Stenosis.

Aortic Bioprosthetic Valve Durability: Incidence, Mechanisms, Predictors, and Management of Surgical and Transcatheter Valve Degeneration.

In recent times, there has been a considerable increase in the use of aortic bioprostheses (vs. mechanical prostheses) for treating aortic valve disease, and this tendency is likely to continue in the near future. However, the occurrence of structural valve degeneration, limiting valve durability, remains an important drawback of surgical and transcatheter bioprostheses. In this paper, we provide an overview of bioprosthetic valve durability, focusing on the definition, incidence, mechanisms, predictive factors, and management of structural degeneration of aortic bioprostheses.

Pathobiology of Lp(a) in calcific aortic valve disease.

Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most prevalent heart valve disorder. Gene variant in the LPA gene, which encodes for apolipoprotein(a), has been associated at the genome-wide level with CAVD. The process whereby Lp(a) promotes the development of CAVD is under intensive investigation and recent data have shed important insights into disease biology. In this regard, autotaxin (ATX), a lysophospholipase D, interacts with Lp(a) and promotes the mineralization of the aortic valve. Areas covered: In this paper, we are reviewing the biology of Lp(a) and the latest discoveries about the molecular processes that link this lipoprotein with the development of CAVD including the role of ATX. Expert commentary: Elevated Lp(a) levels are genetically determined and considered as an important risk factor for CAVD. Understanding how Lp(a) promotes the development/progression of CAVD is crucial as it may hold promise for the development of new therapies.

Painless Aortic Dissection-Diagnostic Dilemma With Fatal Outcomes: What Do We Learn?

Aortic dissection is the most catastrophic clinical condition that involves the aorta. It has a high mortality as well as high rate of misdiagnosis due to frequent unusual presentation. Typically, it presents with acute chest, back, and tearing abdominal pain. However, it can present atypically with minimal or no pain, making diagnosis difficult. Physicians should always suspect acute aortic dissection in patients with certain clinical conditions like difficult-to-control hypertension, giant cell arteritis, bicuspid aortic valve, intracranial aneurysms, simple renal cysts, family history of aortic disease, and Marfan syndrome, especially when a patient presents with ischemic symptoms involving multiple organ without an obvious cause.

Pattern of Cardiac Diseases in Children Attended at Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal.

Background Congenital Heart Disease and Rheumatic Heart Disease are the most common childhood cardiac disease encountered in developing countries. Objective To study the pattern and the prevalence of cardiac diseases, its age wise distribution and to determine their risk factors for mortality in children presented to Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital. Method A study of cardiac diseases in children, since birth to 16 years of age attending the department of pediatrics in Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital was done over a period of 30 months (Jan 2014 to June 2016). The pattern of disease was studied. Detailed clinical examination of all cases was done followed by the necessary relevant investigations including electrocardiography, chest x-ray, echocardiography and supportive laboratory investigations. Result In this study period, 218 pediatric cardiac cases were encountered, among which 144 cases (66.05%) were Congenital Heart Disease, 57 cases (26.14%) were Rheumatic Heart Disease, 14 cases (6.42%) were Pericardial Disease and 3 cases (1.37%) were classified as Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Majority of Congenital Heart Disease were of isolated Ventricular Septal Defect (25%) and isolated Atrial Septal Defect (20.13%) followed by Patent Ductus Arteriosus (9.02%), Tetralogy of Fallot (6.94%) and Complex Congenital Heart Disease (6.25%). All of the Rheumatic Heart Disease primarily involved the Mitral Valve; however combined Aortic Valve involvement was seen in 26.31% of cases. All the 14 cases of pericardial disease presented with pericardial effusion and two cases presented with constrictive pericarditis. All the cases of pericardial disease were investigated to be of tubercular in origin. Conclusion Septal defects are the most common Congenital Heart Disease encountered in children. Although the prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease is decreasing worldwide, it is still a big burden in our community. Tubercular pericardial effusion is still not uncommon and should be suspected with a child presenting with pericardial effusion. Increased level of cardiac care and corrective surgeries are needed for children with cardiac disease in Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital.

Ureaplasma parvum causing life-threatening disease in a susceptible patient.

A 56-year-old man with lymphoma developed orchitis followed by septic arthritis of his right glenohumeral joint. Synovial fluid cultures were negative but PCR amplification test was positive forUreaplasmaparvum. The patient was treated with doxycycline. Two and a half years later, the patient presented with shortness of breath and grade III/IV diastolic murmur on auscultation. Echocardiography revealed severely dilated left heart chambers, severe aortic regurgitation and several mobile masses on the aortic valve cusps suspected to be vegetations. He underwent valve replacement; valve tissue culture was negative but the 16S rRNA gene amplification test was positive for U. parvumHe was treated again with doxycycline. In an outpatient follow-up 1 year and 3 months later, the patient was doing well. Repeated echocardiography showed normal aortic prosthesis function.

Clinical features and prognosis of patients with isolated severe aortic stenosis and valve area less than 1.0 cm(2).

Current guidelines define severe aortic stenosis (AS) as an aortic valve area (AVA)≤1.0 cm(2), but some authors have suggested that the AVA cut-off be decreased to 0.8 cm(2). The aim of this study was, therefore, to better describe the clinical features and prognosis of patients with an AVA of 0.8-0.99 cm(2).

Statins in Aortic Stenosis.

Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common form of valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. It is a progressive disease with a prolonged period of asymptomatic latency which eventually leads to critical left ventricular outflow tract obstruction necessitating surgical replacement of the valve. Statins are lipid-lowering drugs with a robust evidence base demonstrating clinical benefit in atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There has therefore been significant interest in the potential benefit of statins in AS. Initial animal, retrospective and non-randomized prospective studies suggested a beneficial effect of statins in AS. However, the outcomes of 3 major randomized controlled clinical trials consistently failed to demonstrate any significant benefit of lipid-lowering therapy on progression or clinical outcomes in AS. Consequently, statin therapy should not be recommended if the sole purpose is prevention of AS progression and there is no other indication for lipid-lowering therapy. However, recent data have suggested that lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) may play a previously unknown but critical role in the progression of AS. Lp(a) is not significantly modified by statin therapy and there is therefore significant emerging interest in targeted reduction of Lp(a) with novel therapeutic agents such as PCSK9 inhibitors and antisense oligonucleotides.

Long-term outcomes of radiotherapy for stage II testicular seminoma: The Mayo Clinic experience.

327 Background: To report long-term outcomes of patients (pts) treated with radiotherapy (RT) for stage II testicular seminoma.

Proteomic Alterations Associated with Biomechanical Dysfunction are Early Processes in the Emilin1 Deficient Mouse Model of Aortic Valve Disease.

Aortic valve (AV) disease involves stiffening of the AV cusp with progression characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, and calcification. Here, we examine the relationship between biomechanical valve function and proteomic changes before and after the development of AV pathology in the Emilin1-/- mouse model of latent AV disease. Biomechanical studies were performed to quantify tissue stiffness at the macro (micropipette) and micro (atomic force microscopy (AFM)) levels. Micropipette studies showed that the Emilin1-/- AV annulus and cusp regions demonstrated increased stiffness only after the onset of AV disease. AFM studies showed that the Emilin1-/- cusp stiffens before the onset of AV disease and worsens with the onset of disease. Proteomes from AV cusps were investigated to identify protein functions, pathways, and interaction network alterations that occur with age- and genotype-related valve stiffening. Protein alterations due to Emilin1 deficiency, including changes in pathways and functions, preceded biomechanical aberrations, resulting in marked depletion of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins interacting with TGFB1, including latent transforming growth factor beta 3 (LTBP3), fibulin 5 (FBLN5), and cartilage intermediate layer protein 1 (CILP1). This study identifies proteomic dysregulation is associated with biomechanical dysfunction as early pathogenic processes in the Emilin1-/- model of AV disease.

Valve Calcification in Aortic Stenosis: Etiology and Diagnostic Imaging Techniques.

Aortic stenosis is the most common valvulopathy in the Western world. Its prevalence has increased significantly in recent years due to population aging; hence, up to 8% of westerners above the age of 84 now have severe aortic stenosis (Lindroos et al., 1993). This causes increased morbidity and mortality and therein lies the importance of adequate diagnosis and stratification of the degree of severity which allows planning the best therapeutic option in each case. Long understood as a passive age-related degenerative process, it is now considered a rather more complex entity involving mechanisms and factors similar to those of atherosclerosis (Stewart et al., 1997). In this review, we summarize the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of the disease and analyze the current role of cardiac imaging techniques for diagnosis.

Impact of diabetes mellitus on clinical outcomes and quality of life after transcatheter aortic valve implantation for severe aortic valve stenosis.

Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been considered as a marker of poor prognosis after cardiac surgery. We sought to investigate the impact of DM on clinical outcomes and quality of life (QoL) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

Importance of Early Detection and Cardiovascular Surgical Intervention in Marfan Syndrome.

Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder that affects multiple systems, including the skeletal, ligamentous, oculofacial, pulmonary, abdominal, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. Cardiovascular complications, which involve the aorta and aortic valve, contribute most significantly to patient morbidity and mortality. A literature review was conducted on pathophysiology of the disease and recommendations for early diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis largely relies on clinical features and a thorough history. Echocardiogram is used for monitoring aortic abnormalities and disease progression. Aortic valve-sparing surgery is indicated in any valvular abnormality and in patients with a murmur. Aortic root replacement is indicated prophylactically in women who want to give birth with diameters greater than 40 mm, anyone with a diameter greater than 50 mm, and progressive dilatation of greater than 5 mm per year. Medical management involves antihypertensive therapy. It is imperative for all health care providers to understand the clinical features, progression, and management of Marfan syndrome to appropriately care for their patients. Ensuring regular follow-up and adherence to medical and surgical prophylaxis is essential to patient well-being.

Quality and Safety in Health Care, Part XXXI: Selected Risk Factors for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

The Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry has been very helpful in providing data to better understand patient risk factors for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The outcome of TAVR depends on many patient indicators, some of which are given in this article, including the age, dependence on oxygen, classification of pulmonary disease, gender, and the speed of walking. Patient characteristics also help determine which approach will be used to place the device. There are models for the outcome of the TAVR procedure now and more being developed.

Bicuspid and unicuspid aortic valves: Different phenotypes of the same disease? Insight from the GenTAC Registry.

Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare disorder, often difficult to distinguish from bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). BAV and UAV share valve pathology such as the presence of a raphe, leaflet fusion, aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, and/or ascending aortic dilatation, but a comprehensive echocardiographic comparison of patients with UAV and BAV has not been previously performed.

Arrhythmogenic gene remodelling in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes with aortic stenosis and normal left ventricular ejection fraction.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with higher rate of ventricular arrhythmias and this is hypothesised to be independent of coronary artery disease or hypertension. To investigate further we compared changes in left ventricular myocardial gene expression in Type 2 diabetes to patients in a control group with left ventricular hypertrophy. 9 control patients and 7 patients with type 2 diabetes with aortic stenosis undergoing aortic valve replacement had standard ECGs, signal averaged ECGs and echocardiograms prior to surgery. During surgery, a left ventricular biopsy was taken and mRNA expression for genes relevant to the cardiac action potential were estimated by RT-PCR. Mathematical modelling of the action potential and calcium transient was undertaken using the O'Hara-Rudy model using scaled changes in gene expression. Echocardiography revealed similar values for left ventricular size, filling pressures and ejection fraction between groups. No difference was seen in positive signal averaged electrocardiograms between groups but the standard ECG demonstrated a prolonged QT interval in the diabetes group. Gene expression of ERG and Kir 3.1 were lower in the diabetes group, whereas Kir 2.1, Kir3.4 and NCX1 expression were higher. Modelling suggested these changes would lead to prolongation of the action potential duration with generation of early after-depolarisations secondary to a reduction in density of the IK, r current (rapid delayed rectifier K(+) current) and increased INa/Ca current (Na(+) -Ca(2+) calcium exchange current). This data suggest that diabetes leads to pro-arrythmogenic changes in myocardial gene expression independently of left ventricular hypertrophy or fibrosis in an elderly population. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Outcomes of Transcatheter Versus Surgical Aortic Valve Implantation for Aortic Stenosis in Patients With Hepatic Cirrhosis.

Current risk prediction tools for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) or surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) do not include variables associated with clinically significant hepatic disease. Accordingly, outcome data of TAVI or SAVR in patients with liver cirrhosis are limited. We sought to assess contemporary trends and outcomes of TAVI and SAVR in patients with liver cirrhosis using a national database. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample was used to identify patients with liver cirrhosis who underwent TAVI or SAVR between 2003 and 2014. Outcomes of propensity-matched groups of patients undergoing TAVI or SAVR were assessed. The reported number of TAVI and SAVR procedures in patients with liver cirrhosis increased from 376 cases in 2003 to 1,095 cases in 2014. A total of 1,766 patients with liver cirrhosis who underwent TAVI (n = 174) or SAVR (n = 1,592) were included in the analysis. In-hospital mortality was higher in patients who underwent SAVR versus TAVI (20.2% vs 8%, p <0.001). Major adverse events were also more frequent after SAVR. Propensity matching attained 2 groups of 268 patients who underwent TAVI (n = 134) or SAVR (n = 134). Following propensity matching, in-hospital mortality remained higher in the SAVR group (18.7% vs 8.2%, p = 0.018), but major adverse events were not different between the 2 groups. Hospital length of stay was longer, and nonhome disposition rates were higher in the SAVR group. In conclusion, the number of reported TAVI and SAVR in patients with liver cirrhosis and aortic stenosis increased 3-folds between 2003 and 2014. In these patients, TAVI was associated with lower in-hospital mortality when compared with SAVR.

Comparison of mitral competence after mitral repair with papillary muscle approximation versus papillary muscle relocation for functional mitral regurgitation.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical results of papillary muscle approximation (PMA) and papillary muscle relocation (PMR) for functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) and to compare the effects of both procedures on the change in mitral regurgitation (MR) and echocardiogram parameters associated with tethering. Eighteen patients with moderate-to-severe FMR (MR grade ≥2) who underwent PMA or PMR were retrospectively analyzed. Underlying diseases were ischemic cardiomyopathy, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and aortic valve disease for seven, six, and five patients, respectively. Eleven patients underwent PMA and seven patients underwent PMR. Mitral annuloplasty and surgical ventricular restoration were performed concomitantly for 18 and 6 patients, respectively. None of these patients died in the hospital. Three patients died during the late period; two of these deaths were cardiac related. The rate of 3 years of freedom from cardiac-related death was 89%. After a mean follow-up of 33 months, MR grade was significantly improved compared with preoperative values (3.0 ± 0.8 to 0.7 ± 1.2; p < 0.01). Recurrence of MR grade ≥2 occurred in three patients and the rate of 3 years of freedom from recurrence of MR grade ≥2 was 87%. During follow-up, tenting height (1.1 ± 0.2 to 0.7 ± 0.2 cm; p < 0.01), tenting area (2.2 ± 0.7 to 0.9 ± 0.5 cm(2); p < 0.01), and anterior leaflet tethering angle (39° ± 11° to 26° ± 8°; p < 0.01) were significantly improved compared with preoperative values. Posterior leaflet tethering angle significantly deteriorated from 40° ± 7° to 53° ± 15° (p < 0.01); however, it did not further deteriorate compared with the early postoperative value of 55° ± 16° (p = 0.7). There was no difference in echocardiogram parameters associated with tethering between PMA and PMR throughout the observation period. Both methods were associated with lasting relief of MR and reverse left ventricular remodeling. There was no difference between PMA and PMR regarding the effect on mitral valve competence. Both methods allowed durable mitral repair and good clinical outcomes.

Prognostic Significance of Left Ventricular Fibrosis in Patients With Congenital Bicuspid Aortic Valve.

This study sought to evaluate the prognostic value of left ventricular (LV) fibrosis assessed by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the myocardium during cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), which is associated with early aortic valve fibrosis and calcification. To what degree the LV myocardial wall is affected by fibrosis and its prognostic value is currently unknown. This is a retrospective, single-center study evaluating all adult patients with BAV who had CMR and followed from March 2002 to March 2016. CMR and transthoracic echocardiogram images were reviewed. Clinical data were abstracted from the electronic medical record. A total of 29 patients were included in the study, of which 11 (38%) had CMR studies that demonstrated the presence of LGE. Patients with LGE had significantly higher aortic valve mean gradients by echocardiography when compared with LGE-negative patients (30.3 ± 7.2 mm Hg vs 14.7 ± 3.6 mm Hg, p = 0.049). They were also more likely to have LV hypertrophy. Patients with LGE were 10 times more likely to need aortic valve replacement within 1 year of the CMR study than did patients without LGE (55% vs 5.5%, p = 0.0028). In conclusion, evaluation of LGE by CMR as a marker of LV myocardial fibrosis can have additional prognostic value when evaluating patients with aortic stenosis secondary to BAV.

Tricuspid valve regurgitation : Indications and operative techniques.

Functional tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation secondary to left heart disease (e.g. mitral insufficiency and stenosis) is observed in 75% of the patients with TV regurgitation and is thus the most common etiology; therefore, the majority of patients who require TV surgery, undergo concomitant mitral and/or aortic valve surgery. Uncorrected moderate and severe TV regurgitation may persist or even worsen after mitral valve surgery, leading to progressive heart failure and death. Patients with moderate to severe TV regurgitation show a 3-year survival rate of 40%. Surgery is indicated in patients with severe TV regurgitation undergoing left-sided valve surgery and in patients with severe isolated primary regurgitation without severe right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. For patients requiring mitral valve surgery, tricuspid valve annuloplasty should be considered even in the absence of significant regurgitation, when severe annular dilatation (≥40 mm or >21 mm/m(2)) is present. Functional TV regurgitation is primarily treated with valve reconstruction which carries a lower perioperative risk than valve replacement. Valve replacement is rarely required. Tricuspid valve repair with ring annuloplasty is associated with better survival and a lower reoperation rate than suture annuloplasty. Long-term results are not available. The severity of the heart insufficiency and comorbidities (e.g. renal failure and liver dysfunction) are the essential determinants of operative mortality and long-term survival. Tricuspid valve reoperations are rarely necessary and associated with a considerable mortality.

Lower Transaortic Flow Rate Is Associated With Increased Mortality in Aortic Valve Stenosis.

The association of transaortic flow rate (FR) with outcomes was tested in 1,661 patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) in the SEAS (Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis) study.

Update on bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy.

The appropriate treatment of bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy is still controversial. We aimed to summarize recent evidence from the literature that focused on the prediction of aortopathy progression and adverse aortic events.

Experience using closed incision negative pressure wound therapy in sternotomy patients.

Postoperative delayed wound healing, surgical site infections (SSIs), and other wound complications are associated with increased morbidity and health-care costs. In cardiothoracic surgery, wound complications can have life-threatening consequences. In recent years, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been applied over closed surgical incisions to help reduce tension and protect from external contamination. We report our initial experiences using a closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT) over clean, closed sternotomy incisions at an Irish tertiary referral centre.

Comparison of the Outcomes between Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients Aged above 80.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been suggested as a less invasive treatment for high-risk patients with aortic valve disease. In this study, we compared the outcomes of conventional surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) and TAVR in elderly patients aged over 80.