Redesigning the artificial heart valve could improve blood flow and potentially eliminate the need for blood thinners in patients with mechanical support, according to a new study.

Taking a minimalist approach to transcatheter aortic valve implantation, which involves using conscious sedation in lieu of general anesthesia, could result in greater procedural efficiency and a comparable quality of life for patients.

The odds of a successful and effective TMVR for the treatment of mitral regurgitation increase alongside an operator’s level of experience, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found.

Abbott’s transcatheter tricuspid valve repair system is a safe and effective approach to treating tricuspid regurgitation in heart patients with few other options, according to data published in The Lancet.

Nearly 93% of the U.S. population lives in a hospital referral region with at least one medical center that performs 25 or more mitral valve repairs or replacements each year, according to work published in JAMA Cardiology—but MVRR centers continue to suffer from significant geographical and patient-level disparities.

Primary results from the GALILEO trial, presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting this November, suggest patients undergoing TAVR with no ongoing indication for oral anticoagulation benefit more from an antiplatelet-based treatment approach than a rivaroxaban-based approach.

A new structural heart disease initiative from the American Heart Association and Edwards Lifesciences will aim to raise patient awareness of valve diseases while enriching patient education and engagement.

Both severe and moderate aortic stenosis, when left untreated, were associated with poor long-term survival in a large-scale study of Australian heart patients.

Edwards Lifesciences announced Nov. 6 that it had received expanded CE mark approval in Europe for the use of its SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, a tool designed to facilitate TAVI in patients who don’t want to undergo open-heart surgery.

Children’s hospitals across the U.S. are backing a national effort by the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association to improve transparency in the reporting of cardiac surgical outcomes.

An increase in public reporting of aortic valve surgery outcomes has been tied to a decrease in AVR access for patients with infective endocarditis—the unintended consequence of a push for greater transparency in healthcare.

Patients with severe aortic stenosis who undergo TAVR enjoy a minor but significant sustained health benefit that isn’t mirrored in patients who opt for surgical AVR, according to research reported at TCT 2019 in San Francisco.