TAVR survival similar to surgery, trial shows

US researchers report on five-year outcomes of minimally invasive valve replacement

Elderly patients with aortic stenosis who undergo transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) have similar rates of survival compared with those having surgical valve replacement, a study has found.

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Patients having TAVR, however, are more likely to have repeat hospitalisations and aortic reinterventions than those having open heart surgery, the US researchers say.

The team compared the long-term risk of death or disabling stroke among 2032 ‘intermediate-risk’ patients (mean age 82)