Cerebral Embolic Protection For TAVR: Start-Ups Compete
This article was originally published in Start Up
With minimally invasive left-heart procedures like transcatheter aortic valve replacement becoming increasingly safe and commonplace, attention has turned to procedure-associated brain injury from showers of emboli. Several medtech start-ups are developing devices that could protect patients’ brains during not only TAVR, but also surgical aortic valve replacement, atrial fibrillation ablation and other left-heart procedures.
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