Innovation in cardiology at CLINICCO Brasov 12 May 2014

Percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVI) - valvelopathy innovative approach to Clinicco ® Brasov.

20 years ago, few cardiologists could imagine that it will be possible to replace the aortic valve with catheterization techniques, instead of using the classical method, the operation which involves opening the chest. Basically this intervention addresses patients with aortic stenosis and aortic valve replacement is about percutaneous (without the need of opening the sternum).

It is an innovative approach to treat aortic valvelopathy in patients who are not candidates for surgery who have contraindications to conventional and conventional surgery or who have clinical or comorbid conditions requiring a high surgical risk. The procedure involves collaboration of complex medical teams consisting of interventionist cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon and anesthesiologist specializing in cardiology.

Clinicco ® Heart Team managed to be the first team to do this type of intervention in Romania, proving that you can give us such an opportunity increased surgical risk patients.

How is this? A balloon catheter with self memory alloy extracting valve is inserted through the femoral artery into the aorta and aortic valve, flow direction in the opposite direction of blood flow. Memory alloy self extracting valve is compressed to 0 degrees and the catheter body temperature becomes very elastic and strong radial and calcified native valve sits in place. Valve then remain anchored here.

The new valve can be implanted through a small incision in the chest and a puncture in the left ventricle. This technique is particularly useful in atheromatous patients, which may prevent catheter passing through the arteries of the lower limb and abdomen.