Transcatheter aortic valve implantation at institutions without cardiovascular surgery departments: many questions still linger before a paradigm shift

Chiara Fraccaro, Giuseppe Tarantini

Abstract

According to the Euro Heart Survey, roughly one third of the patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis will not be treated surgically with aortic valve replacement (SAVR) mainly because of the high surgical risk or patient’s preference (1).