Transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the NVT Allegra transcatheter heart valve system: first-in-human experience with a novel self-expanding transcatheter heart valve.

Wenaweser, Peter Martin; Stortecky, Stefan; Schütz, Torsten; Praz, Fabien; Glökler, Steffen; Windecker, Stephan; Elsässer, Albrecht (2016). Transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the NVT Allegra transcatheter heart valve system: first-in-human experience with a novel self-expanding transcatheter heart valve. EuroIntervention, 12(1), pp. 71-77. Europa Digital & Publishing 10.4244/EIJV12I1A13

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AIMS We aimed to demonstrate the feasibility and investigate the safety of a novel, self-expanding trans-catheter heart valve in a selected patient population with severe aortic stenosis. METHODS AND RESULTS Between January and September 2013, a total of 21 patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis were eligible for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) with the self-expanding NVT Allegra bioprosthesis (New Valve Technology, Hechingen, Germany) at two cardiovascular centres. Patients were elderly (age 83.8±4 years), predominantly female (95.2%), and all were considered to be at prohibitive risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (logistic EuroSCORE 30.4±11%). Procedural and device success was achieved in 95.2% and 85.7%, respectively. Echocardiographic assessment at discharge showed favourable haemodynamic results with a reduction of the mean transvalvular aortic gradient from 48.0±21 mmHg to 8.9±3 mmHg. In the majority of patients (90.5%), none or trace aortic regurgitation was recorded. Permanent pacemaker implantation was required in 23.8% of patients within the first 30 days of follow-up. Apart from one procedural death, no other serious adverse events were observed during the periprocedural period. TAVI with the NVT Allegra system was highly effective in alleviating symptoms and reducing NYHA functional class at 30-day follow-up. CONCLUSIONS The first-in-human experience with the NVT Allegra transcatheter heart valve prosthesis was associated with a high rate of procedural success. Furthermore, the NVT Allegra bioprosthesis was able to achieve favourable haemodynamic results and effectively alleviate symptoms at 30-day follow-up. The larger, multicentre NAUTILUS study will provide further information on the safety and efficacy of this novel, second-generation transcatheter aortic bioprosthesis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

UniBE Contributor:

Wenaweser, Peter Martin; Stortecky, Stefan; Praz, Fabien; Glökler, Steffen and Windecker, Stephan

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1774-024X

Publisher:

Europa Digital & Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Judith Liniger

Date Deposited:

28 Dec 2016 15:24

Last Modified:

28 Dec 2016 15:24

Publisher DOI:

10.4244/EIJV12I1A13

PubMed ID:

27173865

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/89745

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