Transcatheter interventions for aortic coarctation

Taking a closer look atthe existing evidence

Accounting for 5-8% of all congenital heart defects, coarctation of the aorta is associated with increased morbidity and mortality even years after treatment. Percutaneous catheter interventions are attractive treatment alternatives to surgical repair in patients with suitable anatomy and include balloon dilatation and stenting. As part of the FP7-funded CARDIOPROOF project, researchers Maximilian Salcher and Huseyin Naci of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) led a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies to assess whether one of these intervention strategies leads to better results. Both researchers are based at LSE Health, one of the largest research centres of the LSE.

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