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Makeover for TAVR Valves: Lower Profiles, Better Sealing (Dr. John Webb, SPH)

The days of experimentation are far from over for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), with efforts underway to bring pacemaker needs and paravalvular leaks down and improve durability — the latter being especially important for younger patients.

Investigators offered up the latest in design and program updates for several TAVR devices, some more well-known than others, here at the Transcatheter Valve Therapy meeting organized by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

The latest addition to the balloon-expandable Sapien line is the Sapien 3 Ultra, which has the same frame and leaflet design as the Sapien 3, said John Webb, MD, of St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia.

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