Concomitant Transcatheter Aortic Valve and Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation

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Relevant aortic regurgitation (AR) requires surgical repair at the time of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation to reduce recirculation and ensure adequate forward flow. We report here on a patient with moderate AR in a noncalcified aortic valve and extensive calcification of the ascending aorta. The latter precluded aortic-crossclamping and, thus, surgical intervention on the aortic valve. Although there were no valvular or annular calcifications, a JenaValve transcatheter heart valve was successfully placed transapically with subsequent LVAD implantation in one operation. We believe concomitant transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and LVAD implantation is a promising hybrid procedure, even in patients with pure AR.

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