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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation in Jehovah's Witness patients with symptomatic severe aortic valve stenosis.

German Heart Institute Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.11). 06/2012; 15(4):766-8. DOI: 10.1093/icvts/ivs216
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ABSTRACT Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is currently reserved for high or prohibitive surgical-risk patients with aortic valve stenosis. We report on successful TAVI in two Jehovah's witness patients. It offers a simple and effective treatment of severe aortic valve stenosis in high-risk patients who refuse the use of allogeneic blood and blood products.

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