The randomized Partner study  has recently shown superiority of transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation, in patients who are not candidates for surgical aortic valve replacement, when compared with conventional nonsurgical therapies. In patients who are not candidates for the transfemoral approach because of peripheral vascular disease or other contraindications, deployment of the SAPIEN valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA) in an antegrade fashion can be achieved through the apex of the left ventricle. However this valuable technique carries specific risks inherent to the access route. Transaortic implantation, through an upper ministernotomy, offers a new alternative that could avoid complications related to the transapical approach.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine