Article Abstract

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Authors: Prem S. Shekar, Daniel Rinewalt

Abstract

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for aortic valve stenosis has rapidly progressed from its initial application in the inoperable or high-risk patients to those determined to be intermediate and low risk. It is our concern this has occurred without adequate knowledge or examination of the long-term durability of TAVR valves and the impact on subsequent aortic valve surgery, should it be required. In this editorial, we provide insight and reflect upon lessons learned from past surgical techniques and their subsequent abandonment.



Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Ann Cardiothorac Surg. Print ISSN 2225-319X; Online ISSN 2304-1021).
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