Objectives After transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been available for high-risk patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (AVS), the decision-making of the Heart Team (HT) has not been examined. Design All adult patients with severe AVS referred to a large tertiary medical centre in 2011 were prospectively included. Multivariate regression analysis identified independent factors associated with treatment decisions. Results A total of 487 patients were included (mean age: 75 years, NYHA class III-IV: 47%). The HT proposed medical therapy (MT) in 35 (7%), TAVI in 60 (12%), and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in 392 (81%) of patients. In patients referred to intervention, TAVI compared with SAVR patients were older (OR = 1.17 per year, 95% CI 1.09-1.26; p < 0.01) with more previous coronary artery bypass surgery (OR = 385, 79-2738; p < 0.01), obesity (OR = 4.69, 1.51-13.77; p < 0.01), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (OR = 3.66, 1.21-10.75; p = 0.02). MT patients compared with patients referred to any intervention were older, had a higher prevalence of COPD, peripheral arterial disease, previous myocardial infarction, and cerebrovascular disease. Conclusions The HT proposed intervention in 93% of patients with severe AVS despite high age, advanced symptoms and a high burden of co-morbidity. TAVI was reserved for older patients particularly with previous CABG.
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