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ACCF/AATS/SCAI/STS release consensus document to help guide use of minimally invasive heart therapy
Date:1/31/2012

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent approval of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with aortic valvular stenosis, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), along with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), today released an expert consensus document to provide important guidance on its use.

Aortic valvular stenosis or aortic stenosis (AS) occurs when the heart's aortic valve narrows, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood through the body. Until recently, some patients with severe AS who were at very high risk for conventional surgical aortic valve replacement had few, if any, options for treatment to help prevent serious heart problems including heart failure and death. TAVR, an innovative procedure that uses minimally invasive catheter-based technology to replace the aortic valve, represents a new therapeutic option for these severe AS patients who are either extremely high-risk candidates, or are inoperable for surgical aortic valve replacement due to associated comorbidities.

"This is a new, transformational technology for our patients; we have never had this type of an approach before; it's not like another balloon catheter," said David R. Holmes, Jr, MD, president of ACC and chair of the writing committee. "As this technology is introduced into practice, detailed and agreed upon protocols are needed to ensure we achieve optimal clinical results. This consensus document provides the field with clear recommendations and guidance for its use."

The new report a detailed follow-up to the joint position statement from ACC and STS released in late 2011 examines the current state of the evidence; offers steps to facilitate integration of TAVR into the mix of available therapeutic options for select patients; and outlines how it should best be use
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Contact: Amanda Jekowsky
ajekowsk@acc.org
202-375-6645
American College of Cardiology
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