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TAVI global registry delivers 1st results | MassDevice.com On Call

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 10:01am
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Edwards Lifesciences' transcatheter aortic valve implantation systems proves effective in the 1st reports from a global registry of TAVI patients, but safety issues raise eyebrows.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The 1st reports from a global registry comparing Edwards Lifesciences' (NYSE:EW) Sapien transcatheter aortic valve implantation systems against open surgery came with mixed results.

The Sapien TAVI device proved effective after 1 year, but in-hospital mortality proved a significant issue, affecting 10 of 91 patients, TheHeart.org reported.

"These deaths were mostly related to access-site bleeding and other major life-threatening bleeding events like tamponade," investigator Dr. Danny Dvir told the news site. "I hope that this is related to a learning-curve issue and that when many of the sites gain more experience doing these procedures we will see better early results.

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