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      A specialist cardiovascular procedure,   risk of open-heart surgery is unacceptably
      that enables an aortic valve to be replaced   high.
      without the need for open-heart surgery,   Leeds has been involved in a number of
      using a catheter inserted through a blood   studies assessing TAVI use. One of these
      vessel in the groin, has been carried out   studies is UK TAVI, a national TAVI study
      in the Cardiac Catheter suite at Leeds   comparing the clinical effectiveness of the
      Teaching Hospitals 1000 times.
                                            procedure against conventional treatment
      The success of the service is thanks to   in patients with severe symptomatic aortic
      the dedication of a wide range of staff,   stenosis who are at intermediate or high
      doctors, secretaries, admin, porters,   operative risk.
      outpatient and research staff, nurses,   Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is one
      healthcare scientists, radiographers, ward   of the largest TAVI centres in the UK,
      staff from L14, L19 and L20 (coronary care   with the highest survival rates amongst
                                            patients undergoing the procedure, both
      The procedure, known as Transcatheter   in the immediate period post-surgery and
      Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is   longer-term.
      particularly used in patients for whom the

       The photograph shows, from L-R:
       nurses, Kerry Pena, Tracey Ware,
       Jayne Gabbitas, Sarah Jobson,
       Kathryn Somers and Helen Reed
       with Dr Chris Malkin and James
       Little the 1000th TAVI patient.
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