Vinod Thourani from Emory University School of Medicine: Developing New Treatments for Aortic Stenosis

Surgical procedures for patients with aortic stenosis have developed over many years. Recently work has been done to help patients with more mild forms of the condition to prevent them from reaching more advanced stages.

Surgical procedures for patients with aortic stenosis have developed over many years. Recently work has been done to help patients with more mild forms of the condition to prevent them from reaching more advanced stages.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago, Vinod H. Thourani, MD, from Emory University discussed the results of the Partner IIA Trial, as well as the Sapien IIIi trial looking at two generations of the Sapien transcatheter heart valve. While there are some patients who benefit from traditional surgical options Thourani said many benefitted more from the new valve and expected that trend to continue as technology improves over time.