Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Aortic Stenosis: The Role of Echocardiography

Aortic stenosis is becoming an increasing health care problem as the population ages. Surgical aortic valve replacement remains the gold standard but is associated with high mortality and morbidity rates in elderly patients and those with multiple comorbidities. The authors explore transcatheter aortic valve implantation as an attractive alternative therapy in this high-risk population and outline its limitations and future directions, with a special emphasis on the role of echocardiography. 

PMID: 21126855

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  1. In the context of TAVI, there is interesting literature with 3-D echo, e.g.:

    Comparison of aortic root dimensions and geometries before and after transcatheter aortic valve implantation by 2- and 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography and multislice computed tomography.
    Ng AC, Delgado V, van der Kley F, Shanks M, van de Veire NR, Bertini M, Nucifora G, van Bommel RJ, Tops LF, de Weger A, Tavilla G, de Roos A, Kroft LJ, Leung DY, Schuijf J, Schalij MJ, Bax JJ.
    Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2010 Jan;3(1):94-102.

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