Original Research: Complications of Transfemoral Edwards SAPIEN Aortic Valve Implantation

The December issue of Vascular Disease Management includes a report from a study of 56 patients who underwent transfemoral aortic valve implantation. The study described the vascular access site complications in those patients.

Flap at right common iliac artery level with nonocclusive dissection

Vascular complications occurred in 13 patients, including major complications in 5 patients (8.9%) and minor complications in 8 patients (14.3%). Major vascular complications were associated with age (87.2±3.5 vs 82.9±4.4 years; P=.038), female sex (100% vs 52.9%; P=.042), left femoral artery access (60% vs 9.8%; P=.017), and body surface area (1.1±0.13 vs 1.2±0.2 m2P=0.027). Vascular complications were not associated with mortality, although a nonsignificant increase of in-hospital stay was observed in patients who developed vascular complications (8.6±5.9 vs 5.2±2.6 days; P=.254).

For details from this study, visit “Complications of Transfemoral Edwards SAPIEN Aortic Valve Implantation.”

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