TAVR in Lower-risk Patients: How Low Should We Go?

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SYNOPSIS: A meta-analysis of studies comparing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to surgical aortic valve replacement over a two-year follow-up in low surgical risk patients exhibits a higher mortality in the TAVR group, prompting the authors to recommend caution in applying TAVR to low-risk patients until randomized trials are completed.SOURCE: Witberg G, Lador A, Yahav D, Kornowski R. Transcatheter versus surgical aortic valve replacement in patients at low surgical risk: A meta-analysis of randomized trials and propensity score matched observational studies. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2018 Feb 1. doi: 10.1002/ccd.27518. [Epub ahead of print].

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