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Risk factors for endocarditis after transcatheter aortic valve replacement are identified

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4950 (Published 14 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4950
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Researchers have identified a number of risk factors associated with an increased risk of infective endocarditis after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Research published in JAMA shows that, among patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement, younger age, male sex, history of diabetes mellitus, and moderate to severe aortic regurgitation were all associated with an increased risk of endocarditis.1 Patients who developed endocarditis had high rates of in-hospital mortality and two year mortality, the study found.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel in the upper leg or chest and passing it towards …

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