Armario X, Carron J, Abdel-Wahab M, Tchetche D, Bleiziffer S, Lefevre T, Modine T, Wolf A, Pilgrim T, Villablanca P, Cunnington M, Van Mieghem N, Hengstenberg C, Sondergaard L, Swaans M, Prendergast B, Barbanti M, Webb J, Uren N, Resar J, Chen M, Hildick-Smith D, Spence M, Zweiker D, Bagur R, de Cruz H, Ribichini F, Park DW, Codner P, Wykrzykowska J, Bunc M, Estevez-Loureiro R, Poon K, Götberg M, Ince H, Latib A, Packer E, Angelillis M, Kobari Y, Nombela-Franco L, Guo Y, Savontaus M, Arafat AA, Kliger C, Roy D, Merkely B, Silva M, White J, Yamamoto M, Ferreira PC, Toggweiler S, Ohno Y, Rodrigues I, Ojeda S, Voudris V, Grygier M, Almerri K, Cruz-Gonzalez I, Fridrich V, De la Torre Hernandez J, Piazza N, Noble S, Arzamendi D, İbrahim halil K, Bosmans J, Erglis M, Casserly I, Sawaya F, Bhindi R, Kefer J, Yin WH, Rosseel L, Kim HS, O'Connor S, Hellig F, Sztejfman M, Mendiz O, Xuereb R, Brito F, Bajoras V, Balghith M, Kang-Yin Lee M, Eid-Lidt G, Vandeloo B, Vaz V, Alasnag M, Ussia GP, Mayol J, Sardella G, Buddhari W, Kao HL, Dager A, Tzikas A, Edris A, Gutierrez L, Arias E, Erturk M, Conde Vela CN, Boljevic D, Guadagnoli AF, ElGuindy A, Santos L, Perez L, Maluenda G, Akyüz AR, Alhaddad I, Amin H, Yu SC, Alnooryani A, Albistur J, Nguyen Q, and Mylotte D. TCT-549 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on TAVR Activity: A Worldwide Registry. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022; 80(12):B225-B226.
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic had a considerable impact on the provision of structural heart intervention worldwide. Our objectives were: 1) to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) activity globally; and 2) to determine the differences in the impact according to geographic region and the demographic, development, and economic status of diverse international health care systems.
Methods: We developed a multinational registry of global TAVR activity and invited individual TAVR sites to submit TAVR implant data before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the number of TAVR procedures performed monthly from January 2019 to December 2021 was collected. The adaptive measures to maintain TAVR activity by each site were recorded, as was a variety of indices relating to type of health care system and national economic indices. The primary subject of interest was the impact on TAVR activity during each of the pandemic waves (2020 and 2021) compared with the same period pre–COVID-19 (2019).
Results: Data were received from 130 centers from 61 countries, with 14 subcontinents and 5 continents participating in the study. Overall, TAVR activity increased by 16.7% (2,337 procedures) between 2018 and 2019 (ie, before the pandemic), but between 2019 and 2020 (ie, first year of the pandemic), there was no significant growth (–0.1%; –10 procedures). In contrast, activity again increased by 18.9% (3,085 procedures) between 2020 and 2021 (ie, second year of the pandemic). During the first pandemic wave, there was a reduction of 18.9% (945 procedures) in TAVR activity among participating sites, while during the second and third waves, there was an increase of 6.7% (489 procedures) and 15.9% (1,042 procedures), respectively. Further analysis and results of this study are ongoing and will be available at the time of the congress.
Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic initially led to a reduction in the number of patients undergoing TAVR worldwide, although health care systems subsequently adapted, and the number of TAVR recipients continued to grow in subsequent COVID-19 pandemic waves.
Categories: STRUCTURAL: Valvular Disease: Aortic