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Dr. John Schindler discusses transcatheter aortic valve replacement and the most common heart valve disease encountered in western countries.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Inform health care providers of the changing indications regarding patients who may benefit from trans-catheter heart valve replacements.
  • Improve understanding and interpretation of echocardiography results.
  • Improve the care of elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis by educating HCP’s about the mortality benefits of transcatheter heart valve implantation when compared to high risk surgery.

Reading Resources:

  1. 5-year outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement or surgical aortic valve replacement for high surgical risk patients with aortic stenosis (PARTNER 1): a randomised controlled trial The Lancet , Volume 385 , Issue 9986 , 2477 – 2484
  2. Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Surgical or Self-Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Jul 14;66(2):113-21
  3. Transcatheter or Surgical Aortic-Valve Replacement in Intermediate-Risk Patients. N Engl J Med 2016 Apr 2
  4. Evolution of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. Circulation Research. 2014;   114:  1037-1051
  5. Clinical Outcomes at 1 Year Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. JAMA. 2015;313(10):1019-1028. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1474


Dr. Schindler has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Investigation in clinical trials, involving Medtronic, Edwards, and Boston Scientific

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 11/8/2016 | Last Modified On: 11/8/2016 | Expires: 11/8/2017

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