EuroPCR 2017: TAVR Continues To Beat Surgery; Bioabsorbable Stents Not Going Away
The EuroPCR conference in Paris is the most important annual interventional cardiology conference in Europe and this year's edition brought more data from clinical trials of both established catheter-based technologies and innovative new devices.
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