Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) for Treatment of Aortic Valve Stenosis: An Evidence-Based Analysis

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR) for patients at high risk for surgery.  The objective of this analysis is to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for treatment of aortic valve stenosis (AVS) in symptomatic older adults.  AVS can result from the progressive build-up of calcium and the formation of scar tissue on a normal valve or on one damaged by an episode of rheumatic fever. The disease spectrum ranges from minor focal leaflet thickening with normal valve function to severe calcification and stiffness of the leaflets.


Tags: implantable, TAVI
Year: 2012