Does transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) improve quality of life in octagenarians? In a study of 73 octagenerians in France who had TAVI and were followed for six months, the majority indicated their quality of life improved in the domains of performing their usual activities, anxiety/depression and pain/discomfort. While aortic stenosis is the most frequent valve disease in the elderly, in high-risk patients TAVI may provide a viable alternative to surgical valve replacement. (Free abstract only.)

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