Durability of Transcatheter Aortic Bioprosthesis

“On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées” (No one can resist an idea whose time has come) – Victor Marie Hugo Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been established as an appropriate treatment option for patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate, high, or prohibitive surgical risk. … Read more

Women & TAVR: “I Don’t Want Any Procedure”

Round 1… Patient’s son-in-law: “My mother has been turned down for surgery. They tell me her mortality rate at 2 years is high since she had fluids collecting in her lungs. They told me to ask you about catheterization.” Me: “Yes, she does have a tight aortic valve and did develop heart failure. She is … Read more

The Significant Areas of Interest in the Field of Cardiac Imaging in 2018

There were several exciting developments in 2018 with regards to cardiac imaging. The role of the cardiac imager is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s cardiology practice environment and bridges across several subspecialties in Cardiology, such as electrophysiology with the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the placement of left atrial appendage closure devices. These devices … Read more

AHA18: Notes From a Structural Heart Disease Specialist

How can one experience science and scenic beauty together? You know the answer to this, if you attended this year’s annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) in the beautiful city of Chicago. AHA18 showcased the latest advancements and studies in the field of cardiovascular medicine and stroke.   AHA Coming Back To … Read more