Early surgery 'beats conservative management' in aortic stenosis

Researchers report results from a randomised controlled trial in patients with severe but asymptomatic disease

Early surgical valve replacement is better than watchful waiting in patients with severe but asymptomatic aortic stenosis, researchers report.

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Speaking at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2021 virtual meeting, Professor Marko Banovic described the results of the Aortic Valve Replacement Versus Conservative Treatment in Asymptomatic Severe Aortic Stenosis (AVATAR) trial carried out at nine European hospitals.

All 157 patients (57% men, mean age 67)