The use of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has grown rapidly over the last decade1

This is due to the innovations in valve prostheses and delivery systems, improvements in clinical outcomes1 (evidenced within clinical trials such as PARTNER I and II)2-5 and the expanded indication for the use of TAVI.6

In the 2017 ESC/EACTS  Guidelines,6 the use of TAVI, as an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR), was expanded from high risk patients (EuroSCORE II surgical risk score ≥10%),7 to patients at increased surgical risk (EuroSCORE II ≥4%), based on a robust clinical evidence base.

Patients at increased surgical risk include those previously studied in clinical trials, such as PARTNER I and II,3, 4 classified as high and intermediate risk (EuroSCORE II ≥4‒8%) respectively. Clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of TAVI in low-risk patients (EuroSCORE II <4%) are underway and presently the guidelines for these patients recommend that these low-risk patients are treated with conventional sAVR.6

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TAVI versus sAVR in intermediate risk patients (EuroSCORE II ≥4‒8%)

The PARTNER II trial data were pivotal in providing supporting evidence demonstrating the clinical superiority of TAVI via the transfemoral approach versus sAVR in patients at intermediate surgical risk.

Following innovations in the TAVI prosthesis and delivery system, the PARTNER IIA trial and S3i propensity analysis data2, 3 were able to demonstrate that, in patients at intermediate surgical risk, transfemoral access TAVI resulted in significantly lower rates of the combined endpoint of mortality, all-stroke and moderate/severe aortic regurgitation at 1 year and a lower rate of death or disabling stroke at 2 years compared with sAVR.2

Patients who received TAVI via transfemoral access returned to their normal, daily activities faster than patients who received sAVR.8

TAVI versus sAVR in high risk and inoperable patients

In 2007, Edwards Lifesciences initiated the first ever randomised TAVI trial, PARTNER.9 This paradigm-shifting study was designed as two parallel and individually powered trials investigating 1057 patients at high surgical risk (EuroSCORE ≥10%). The two cohorts compared established treatments in patients considered by the Heart Team to be operable (TAVI versus sAVR) or inoperable (standard therapy or balloon aortic valvuloplasty versus TAVI). The PARTNER trial results were ground breaking, showing significantly improved all-cause mortality at 1 and 5 years in inoperable patients previously treated with standard therapy.5, 9

In patients at high surgical risk, TAVI demonstrated similar rates of all-cause mortality to sAVR at both 1 and 5 years’ follow-up.4, 10

Cohort A – TAVI vs. sAVR in high-risk patients4

Cohort B – TAVI vs. standard therapy in inoperable patients5