TAVR beats surgery for long-term survival among women, data show

02/24/2014 | TCTMD.com

Women who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement rather than surgery have a reduced risk of dying, both in the short term and two years after the procedure, particularly when a transfemoral approach is used, according to a PARTNER trial retrospective analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Men didn't experience the same survival benefit, which the study authors, including SCAI fellow Dr. Susheel K. Kodali, said could be influenced in part by the "frequent undersizing of valves," which could be addressed with future generations of the devices.

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