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Gentler heart surgery remains without signs of dementia

Aortic valve stenosis is the most frequent heart valve defect of older people in Europe. In patients at high and excessive risk, conventional cardiac surgery is often no therapeutic option, leaving only transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) as an option. However, this procedure has major side effects. A long-term study shows that clinicians are able to exclude significant cognitive impairment for the majority of patients undergoing TAVI.
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