'Valve for Life': tackling the deficit in transcatheter treatment of heart valve disease in the UK.

Ali, Noman, Faour, Amir, Rawlins, John, Dawkins, Sam, Appleby, Clare E, MacCarthy, Philip, Byrne, Jonathan, Trivedi, Uday, Curzen, Nick, Banning, Adrian P, Ludman, Peter and Blackman, Daniel J (2021) 'Valve for Life': tackling the deficit in transcatheter treatment of heart valve disease in the UK. Open heart, 8 (1). ISSN 2053-3624. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a proven treatment for life-threatening aortic valve disease, predominantly severe aortic stenosis. However, even among developed nations, access to TAVI is not uniform. The Valve for Life initiative was launched by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions in 2015 with the objective of improving access to transcatheter valve interventions across Europe. The UK has been identified as a country with low penetration of these procedures and has been selected as the fourth nation to be included in the initiative. Specifically, the number of TAVI procedures carried out in the UK is significantly lower than almost all other European nations. Furthermore, there is substantial geographical inequity in access to TAVI within the UK. As a consequence of this underprovision, waiting times for TAVI are long, and mortality among those waiting intervention is significant. This article reviews these issues, reports new data on access to TAVI in the UK and presents the proposals of the UK Valve for Life team to address the current problems in association with the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WG Cardiovascular system. Cardiology
Divisions: Emergency Services > Cardiology
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 11:51
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 11:51
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/4179

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