Is survival and cause of death really different after TAVI? Surprising insights from Denmark

Under the leadership of Lars Søndergrad, the Rigs Hospital in Denmark is publishing a paper entitled “Survival and cause of death after transcatheter aortic valve replacement as compared to an age- and sex-matched background population”. As a small country, Danish physicians and healthcare delivery are extremely well organised, with complex treatments centralised in a few hospitals with great expertise, thus data collection is greatly enhanced.

Survival and causes of death in the TVR and age- and sex-matched backgroung population

Survival and causes of death in the TVR and age- and sex-matched backgroung population

In current literature, it is frequently said that the fate of patients with aortic valve disease is drastically different from the general population. This EEP demonstrates that late mortality, once you have excluded the early post-operative phase, is not different from this sex-matched background population in Denmark. This is a very important finding for our patients and shows that in surviving the first three months after TAVR they have a similar survival to propensity-matched controls.

In addition, relative survival benefits are the highest in low to intermediate risk aortic patients with high transvalvular gradients; that is the second crucial piece of information in this engaging communication by our Danish colleagues.

Editor-in-Chief, EuroIntervention

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