First FIM Percutaneously Implanted Heart Valve (PHV) implantation on 16 April, 2002

15 Years in TAVI

On April 16, 2002, at the Charles Nicolle University Hospital in Rouen, France, the Interventional Cardiologist, Professor Alain Cribier performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure in the world. He used a Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) percutaneous heart valve.

The first patient was a 57-year old male patient in cardiogenic shock, with multiple comorbidities previous lung cancer, chronic pancreatitis and sub-acute leg ischaemia due to recent occlusion of aorto-femoral bypasses. His LVEF was 12% and he had been declined by 3 cardiac surgery teams. The patient was transferred from the University Hospital in Lille for an emergency balloon aortic valvuloplasty. There was some hemodynamic improvement with BAV, but a recurrence of shock at 48 hours. This was followed by a discussion about attempting the first percutaneous valve replacement. Both the family and the patient agreed to this idea immediately. The percutaneous heart valve team accepted the challenge, despite the very high risk, as this was the only possible option to save this young patient’s life.

FIM PHV Implantation

FIM PHV implantation: first patient, 57-year old male

FIM PHV Implantation: case history

Case study: first FIM PHV implantation, 2002