Tag Archives: emboli

PARTNER Exclusion #23 – Bulky calcified aortic valve leaflets in close proximity to coronary ostia

In prior posts I have argued in support of the clinical need for the AVBG procedure because transcatheter heart valves, even if proven safe and effective, will have significant limitations with regard to broad clinical use.  The recently published Partner Study evaluating the Sapien transcatheter valve in non-operable patients seems to support my argument.  The [...]

Transcatheter Heart Valve Procedures Generate Embolic Brain Lesions in Most Patients

Recently, clinical investigators using both the Edwards and Medtronic transcatheter heart valves reported that in the majority of patients undergoing a transcatheter valve implantation, one or more embolic induced lesions are created in the brain, presumably from calcific embolic material breaking loose during the procedure. Emboli could be created while traversing the arch, performing the [...]