EuroPCR 2019: Novel devices from China and India could swing TAVI costs downwards

Olaf Wendler (London, UK) talks to BLearning about the highlights from the ‘New Developments in TAVI’ session which took place at EuroPCR 2019 (21–24 May, Paris, France). Despite recently reaching “a high level of TAVI success in terms of outcomes” Wendler notes that it is “nice to see that there is still investment in new technology”.

He discusses the development of TAVI in emerging markets such as India and China, which provides “a little more competition in the market”. This will “hopefully also result in a lower cost for TAVI devices in Europe and North America, which, in the end, will be crucial as the treatment is rolled out to a larger population,” he adds.

Wendler, Olaf

Olaf Wendler is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon with a specialist internationally accredited interest in Adult Cardiac Surgery. He has a surgical and academic interest in transcatheter heart valve treatment, arterial revascularisation, ischemic ventricular septal defect repair, valve and aortic root repair, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, mitral valve repair, thoracic aortic surgery, and repeat and complex cardiac operations.

Prof Wendler qualified, trained and gained substantial experience in Germany before his appointment as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at King’s in 2004. He was Clinical Director for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery between 2006 and 2012 and promoted Chair of Cardiac Surgery at King's College London in 2012. He is also Chair of the Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in London.

His special interest is implementing innovative techniques and minimally-invasive surgical approaches to improve surgical outcomes for elderly patients. He has implemented modern techniques in the UK and at King’s College Hospital to preserve natural heart valves, in particular the aortic and mitral valve, and new approaches to improve long-term results after coronary artery bypass grafting.

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