Is TAVR Ready for the Global Aging Population?

Travis Bergmann, Partho P. Sengupta, Jagat Narula
2017 Global Heart  
The emergence of the global pandemic of chronic diseases necessitates critical assessment of interventions that can be targeted at both the individual and population levels. Among cardiovascular diseases, the increasing prevalence of valvular heart diseases such as aortic stenosis parallels the rising burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. As an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement, technological innovation has allowed development of minimally invasive transcatheter
more » ... transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This review examines whether TAVR can be applicable in low-resource regions across the world. Although revolutionary, TAVR is currently complex and requires a "Heart Team" approach for optimized patient care. We propose the emergence of telemedicine networks, newer valve designs that allow implementation of minimal approaches, and the use of minimal numbers of specialists for adapting TAVR to settings where surgical backup is not available. With efforts to reduce resource utilization, these alternate strategies have the potential to affect implementation of TAVR globally.
doi:10.1016/j.gheart.2017.02.002 pmid:28433492 fatcat:unrvjnqwuvhehkmvtgaetzdwbe