Country situation – challenges
Heart valve disease affects 1.5 million people in the UK and is fatal if left untreated.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) has been introduced as a less invasive procedure, reducing hospital resources - but access to TAVI is limited with profound geographical inequity.
In 2019 alone, there were up to 450 deaths in the UK as a result of long waiting times for TAVI.
Today, MPs, Clinicians and Charity Leaders launch Valve for Life, an initiative campaigning to fast track patients to TAVI.
The UK Valve for Life initiative aims to improve and expand access to life-saving and life-changing minimally invasive ‘key-hole’ therapies for heart valve disease across the National Health Service (NHS).
Expectations and results
Valve for Life aims to increase patient access to minimally invasive therapies such as trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and trans-catheter mitral valve leaflet repair, so that patients can be treated quickly, successfully, and equally wherever in the United Kingdom they may be.
Valve for Life Research - TAVI In The UK
Valve for Life conducted a survey of all 35 TAVI centres in England. The aim was to establish the capacity of centres and therefore assess regional capacity, as well as to review the challenges each centre faces, especially in terms of future expansion for the therapy.
- >5,000 TAVI procedures took place in 2019 in England with similar figures expected in 2020
- 48% of TAVI centres in England perform the procedure two days per week
- 52% of centres are unable to increase their capacity for TAVI procedures
- 72% of centres state Catheter Lab Capacity as a factor that restricts TAVI expansion
The results can be found on the dedicated Valve for Life UK website.
Country Champions: Daniel Blackman
Last update: December 2020