Percutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation: Review of Early Clinical Experience and Future Perspectives.

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Click on the icon on the upper right hand side for the article by Danny Dvir, MD, Abid Assali, MD, Hana Vaknin, MD, Alik Sagie, MD, Yaron Shapira, MD, Alexander Battler, MD, Eyal Porat, MD and Ran Kornowski, MD.
IMAJ 2009: 4: April: 244-249

The incidence of aortic valve stenosis is growing rapidly in the elderly. Nonetheless, many symptomatic patients are not referred for surgery usually because of high surgical risk. Unfortunately, percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is unsatisfactory due to high recurrence rates. In 2002, Cribier and colleagues were the first to describe percutaneous aortic valve implantation, opening a new era of aortic stenosis management. In the present review we report a patient treated by this novel method, discuss and assess how it is implanated, report the findings of studies conducted to date, and suggest future directions for percutaneous treatment of aortic valve disease.