First successful transapical aortic valve implantation with the Corevalve Revalving system: a case report

Heart Surg Forum. 2007;10(6):E478-9. doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20071140.


On June 26, 2007, the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery at the German Heart Center Technical University in Munich successfully implanted a bioprosthetic valve via the apex of the heart within the framework of the CoreValve TAVR ReValving (Corevalve Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) clinical trial. The self-expanding aortic valve prosthesis is primarily designed for retrograde delivery across the aortic valve. The described transapical approach, however, now allows for treatment in those patients who have, for instance, no adequate "access" in the groin vessels due to peripheral vascular disease. Therefore, its feasibility must be considered as a major step in treating high-risk patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aortic Valve / surgery*
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / surgery*
  • Echocardiography
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Humans