alexa The Year in Cardiology 2013: valvular heart disease (focus on catheter-based interventions).
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Cardiology

Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis

Author(s): Grube E, Sinning JM, Vahanian A

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Abstract 2013 was the year of transcatheter heart valve interventions. Not least because of the 2012 European guidelines on the management of valvular heart disease (VHD), the multidisciplinary heart team approach became an established concept. Decision-making, when a patient is too 'sick' for surgery and too 'healthy' for catheter-based interventions, is complex, since VHD is often seen at an older age and, as a consequence, there is a higher frequency of co-morbidity and frailty. However, before TAVI and other transcatheter heart valve interventions can be expanded to intermediate-risk patients, evidence in favour of this less invasive treatment has to be provided by upcoming randomized clinical trials. This article was published in Eur Heart J and referenced in Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis

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