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. 2016;8(2):49-55.
doi: 10.15171/jcvtr.2016.10. Epub 2016 Jun 28.

Periprocedural Considerations of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation for Anesthesiologists

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Periprocedural Considerations of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation for Anesthesiologists

Ata Hassani Afshar et al. J Cardiovasc Thorac Res. .
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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is rapidly gaining popularity as a viable option in the management of patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) and high risk for open surgical intervention. TAVR soon expanding its indications from "high-risk" group of patients to those with "intermediate-risk". As an anesthesiologist; understanding the procedure and the challenges inherent to it is of utmost importance, in order to implement optimal care for this generally frail population undergoing a rather novel procedure. Cardiac anesthesiologists generally play a pivotal role in the perioperative care of the patients, and therefore they should be fully familiar with the circumstances occurring surrounding the procedure. Along with increasing experience and technical developments for TAVR, the procedure time becomes shorter. Due to this improvement in the procedure time, more and more anesthesiologists feel comfortable in using monitored anesthesia care with moderate sedation for patients undergoing TAVR. A number of complications could arise during the procedure needing rapid diagnoses and occasionally conversion to general anesthesia. This review focuses on the periprocedural anesthetic considerations for TAVR.

Keywords: Aortic Valve Stenosis; General Anesthesia; TAVR.

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