India’s largest TAVR meeting held at Chennai-INDIA VALVES 2019
India valves was founded in 2016 to create a National dedicated forum for Transcatheter valve therapy development that focuses on patient awareness, education, physician training and safe therapy delivery in this niche field of International Cardiology. After the last 2 successful meetings, India valves has put together processes in place to create its third course INDIA VALVES 2019 on 6th, 7th and 8th September 2019.
Valve disease of the elderly in the past required open heart surgery. However open heart surgery in the elderly leads to prolonged hospital stay, increase in duration before getting back to normal quality of life and risks ICU based infections and stroke. In the recent years, valve replacement can now be done without open heart surgery allowing patients to be discharged home in 2 – 3 day’s time where by quality of life improves soon after discharge and their risk from open heart surgery and prolonged ICU stay is neglected. These procedures referred as Transcatheter aortic valve implantation or Transcatheter aortic valve replacement abbreviated as TAVI/TAVR. This TAVR treatment has been expanding slowly in India since 2010 when only a handful of devices where done in the country per year. Currently around 800 TAVR procedures are currently done in India per year. This number is exponentially growing every year as the world wide evidence suggests that elderly patients may benefit better with TAVR procedure compared to surgical open heart surgery. Because of the expanding worldwide evidence, in the united states of America and the Europe , currently more patients undergo TAVR procedure compared to surgical aortic valve replacement.