Single-centre experience with next-generation devices for transapical aortic valve implantation†

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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become an established procedure in patients with aortic stenosis and high surgical risk. Experience with first-generation transcatheter heart valves (THVs) is broad but limitations, e.g. paravalvular regurgitation, have been demonstrated. Much hope rests on the recently Conformité Européenne mark approved next-generation devices to improve results in these patients. However, apart from the initial approval studies, clinical data with these new devices are still scarce. We aimed to assess short-term outcomes of 200 consecutive patients who underwent transapical TAVI with next-generation THV at our institution.


Transapical TAVI was performed in 200 consecutive patients 80.5 ± 6.7 years old (38.5% female) at high surgical risk (log EuroSCORE 20.2 ± 16.5%). Devices implanted were the Engager (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA; n = 50), JenaValve (JenaValve Technology, Munich, Germany; n = 88) and Symetis Acurate (Symetis SA, Ecublens, Switzerland; n = 62) THV that were selected by the heart team on an individual basis. Data at baseline, during the procedure and follow-up were analysed according to standardized Valve Academic Research Consortium end points. Median follow-up was 219 days.


Implantation was successful in 96.5% of cases. Valve function improved significantly with an increase in effective orifice area from 0.8 ± 0.4 to 1.8 ± 0.3 cm2 and a reduction in mean transvalvalvular gradients from 34.0 ± 17.0 to 11.2 ± 5.4 mmHg. Paravalvular regurgitation was none or trace in 70.3% of patients, Grade 1 in 26.1%, and Grade 2 in 3.5%. No patients developed aortic regurgitation > Grade 2. Major access site complications occurred in 6.5%, major stroke in 1.5% and stage-3 kidney injury in 2.5% of patients. A permanent pacemaker was implanted in 20.5% of patients overall and in 8.0% for a complete heart block. At 30-day follow-up 72.8% of patients were in New York Heart Association class I or II (10.5% at baseline). Overall survival was 91.5% at 30 days and 73.9% at 1 year.


In a real-world clinical setting, next-generation transapical THV yielded positive haemodynamic results. The incidence of relevant paravalvular regurgitation was scarce in this group and clinical outcomes were encouraging during short-term follow-up. Long-term follow-up is required to investigate the durability of these new devices.

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