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Journal of Structural Heart Disease, May 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1:5-8
DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2015.00010-14

Building a Structural Heart Disease Team: How to Integrate People

John M. Lasala, MD, PhD, Alejandro Aquino, MD

Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Although the field of structural heart disease interven- tion is by no means a nascent one, it has undergone an unprecedented period of growth and organization over the past decade. The long-established stalwarts of aortic and mitral valvuloplasty have been joined by newer techniques including shunt (ASD/PFO) closure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), tran- scatheter pulmonary valve therapy, and mitral valve repair (MitraClip). As this field continues to unify, the expectation is that it will only grow. The prevalence of aortic and mitral valve disease is expected to increase as the population ages. This fact and the inevitable broadened commercial availability of these proce- dures will drive the number of structural procedures upwards. As an illustrative example, it is postulated that by 2015 the number of TAVR procedures will reach 25,000 per year.


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Cite this article as: Lasala JM, Aquino A. Building a Structural Heart Disease Team: How to Integrate People. Structural Heart Disease 2015;1(1):5-8. DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2015.00010-14

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