Post-TAVR risks examined in large cohort analysis

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure replaces a narrow aortic valve that obstructs normal blood flow with a catheter. Three years ago an estimated 300,000 TAVRs had been performed. That number has climbed dramatically since and will continue with the recent FDA approval for expansion of TAVR procedures to even low-risk patients with severe […]

Cardiovascular Fellows Identify Potential Savings in Pre-TAVR Diagnostics

Kongkiat Chaikriangkrai, MD, third-year fellow in Cardiovascular Disease, is first author on a new systematic review and meta-analysis in the Journal of Thoracic Imaging comparing the accuracy of coronary CT performed on patients about to undergo surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Chaikriangkrai and his co-authors, many of whom are also fellows in the Cardiovascular […]

Lentz and Zahr Editorial in NEJM

Dr. Steve Lentz and Dr. Firas Zahr shared a byline recently in an editorial published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Drs. Lentz and Zahr responded to a study published in NEJM, which found that by performing a simple test for the presence of a blood-clotting protein, paravalvular leaks can be readily identified and […]