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Performing a day-case TAVI on a patient during COVID-19 by Dr Iqbal Malik

Dr Malik performed a day-case TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) on patient Mr Gilchrist at the height of the COVID—19 crisis. You can read the story in The Telegraph and watch what happened in the links below:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/pioneering-heart-surgery-saved-life-lockdown/

https://youtu.be/vmOJ9M2ynD8

Dr Malik says: “TAVI is a recognised treatment for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (SSAS). Doing it as a day-case is very unusual, but at the time the fear was that keeping Mr Gilchrist in overnight would increase the risk of catching COVID-19 disease. As the operation went well, I sent him home. In fact, I have now done a series of such cases and have sent it for publication to a major medical journal, to show other doctors that it is safe to do.”

For more information about TAVI and SSAS please contact the cardiology team.