SAVR following TAVR 'may present extra risks'

Quandary over best approach for younger patients who might need more than one valve replacement

Patients undergoing surgical aortic-valve replacement (SAVR) following problems with an initial transcatheter valve replacement (TAVR) appear to have particularly poor outcomes, according to a retrospective analysis.

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Out of about 40,000 TAVR procedures in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, the researchers identified 123 patients with a history of prior TAVR who underwent SAVR from  2011-2015.

"This dataset is a unique mix of