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Valve for Life Initiative

Goal: Improving transcatheter valve interventions (TAVI) across Europe

Since joining the initiative, Poland has made a number of significant achievements. It conducted a very strong TAVI public campaign, participated in local symposia and the THT Congress also reaching the officials and other stakeholders. Thanks to Valve for Life (VFL) initiative, 2 registries are conducted in another participating country - France - in order to show the real number of patients requiring TAVI or mitral percutaneous treatment (MR) to the French Health Authority. After a successful launch of initiative, the 3rd country to join the initiative in 2017 is Portugal.

Valve for Life logoThis initiative launched mid 2015 aims to improve transcatheter valve interventions (both aortic and mitral) across Europe in order to:

  • Raise awareness on the importance of valvular heart disease in the general population
  • Facilitate access to novel therapies such as transcatheter heart valve interventions
  • Raise educational standards, reduce obstacles to therapy implementation
  • Diminish age and gender discrimination in the access to care.


  • Engage key stakeholders at the European and national level to increase access to transcatheter heart valve therapies for patients and address disparities between countries.
  • Assist new countries in implementing Valve for Life Initiative principles at national level.
  • Demonstrate to government officials, health care administrators and health care providers the clinical and economic value of transcatheter heart valve therapy in the management of valvular heart disease.
  • Increase awareness on the inequality of patient access to the lifesaving indication of transcatheter heart valve therapy in Europe and to the European Parliament.
  • Promote synergies and collaboration between cardiologists and CV surgeons.

Long term strategy

  • Increase treatment of severe valvular heart disease by 20% by 2020 in Valve for Live countries through measures such as raising awareness, increasing education, removing obstacles and implementing best practices.
  • Extend the Valve for Life initiative from the initial two pilot countries (Poland and France) to additional under-served regions in Europe.
  • Form programme ambassadors to help disseminate the programme.

Who is the target audience?

  • Physicians and health care professionals who receive training and information on heart valve disease
  • Health care authorities and policy makers to raise awareness on transcatheter valve therapies
  • Practicing physicians to establish a referral basis
  • In addition, it serves to establish best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease.

Participating countries

Before joining the initiative, France had a limited number of reimbursed procedures (fixed to 7 000 per year by French Health Authority) as well as a limited number of implanting centres (only 50). It was decided to put a focus on Transcatheter valvular heart disease interventions

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - France

Poland offered a government approved access but had limited funding available for transcatheter heart valve therapies and a low penetration.

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - Poland

Portugal joined the initiative in January 2017 and was selected on the basis of a significant underuse of TAVI procedures when compared to other European countries and a very committed and well organized cardiology leadership in Portugal that can address the conduct of the initiative.

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - Portugal

Oversight Committee

  • Michael Haude
    EAPCI Past President 2018-2020
  • Andreas Baumbach
    EAPCI President 2018-2020
  • Dariusz Dudek
    EAPCI President-Elect 2018 2020
Valve for Life  Country Champions
  • Dariusz Dudek
    Valve for Life Poland
  • Adam Witkowski
    Valve for Life Poland
  • Martine Gilard
    Valve for Life France
  • Rui Campante Teles
    Valve for Life Portugal
  • Lino Patricio
    Valve for Life Portugal

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