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Role of Echocardiography Before Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).


ABSTRACT: Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common primary valve disorder in the elderly with an increasing prevalence; transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become an accepted alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) in the high risk or inoperable patient. Appropriate selection of patients for TAVI is crucial and requires a multidisciplinary approach including cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, anaesthetists, imaging experts and specialist nurses. Multimodality imaging including echocardiography, CT and MRI plays a pivotal role in the selection and planning process; however, echocardiography remains the primary imaging modality used for patient selection, intra-procedural guidance, post-procedural assessment and long-term follow-up. The contribution that contemporary transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography make to the selection and planning of TAVI is described in this article.

SUBMITTER: Badiani S 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC4785196 | BioStudies | 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): NCT01314313

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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