Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Transcatheter valve implantation for aortic stenosis is an important cardiologic research topic. The department of Cardiology of the Antwerp University Hospital is a pioneer in this type of percutaneous treatment modalities of human structural heart disease. Clinical research is performed on:

  1. optimisation of interventional implantation strategies;
  2. optimisation of clinical and technical patient selection;
  3. evaluation of different imaging modalities for optimal technical patient selection and aortic root imaging;
  4. pathogenesis of the major complications of  the technique, that is conduction disturbances and aortic valve regurgitation;
  5. long term follow up and monitoring of newly implanted devices;
  6. optimisation and evaluation of newly developed devices.

Clinical research is performed both single centre and multicentre, and at the national and international level.