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Valve for Life - Portugal

Valve for Life Initiative welcomes Portugal on board

After a successful launch of the Valve for Life Initiative in 2015 in Poland and France, it was decided to include a third country to the initiative: beginning of 2017 Portugal joined the initiative.

Country situation - challenges

Significant underuse of TAVI procedures when compared to other European countries and a very clear and determined cardiology leadership in Portugal that can address the conduct of the Initiative were one of the reasons for Portugal to be selected as a third pilot country to join the Initiative. The perspectives to improve valvular heart disease treatment, to promote the use of the technology in Portugal and to increase the number of TAVI and mitral procedures thanks to the efforts of the Initiative seems promising and the perspectives to duplicate the success of the other participant countries realistic.

Before fully immersing into the Valve for Life Initiative, Portugal committed to provide a multi-dimensional GAP analysis outlining the current situation around TAVI procedures in Portugal and the reasons behind the current low use of TAVI.

Expectations and results

Data on the TAVI procedures is already available to help to understand the situation around TAVI in Portugal. In particular, a registry with a completed follow-up on TAVI procedures is already in place to showcase the importance of TAVI. Also, currently there is an annual meeting organized on TAVI procedures in Portugal.

Valve for Life Initiative aims to bring an even better understanding of the importance of aortic and mitral transcatheter interventions in Portugal, engage national and European stakeholders, promote synergies between the participating countries and in long term to increase the number of procedures in Portugal.

The reported 2018 Portugal top achievements were patient market research, Valve for Life Portugal facebook page , VFL presentation at APIC’s 2018 annual meeting, Partnership with Echography Study Group , Patients leaflet and First national TAVI patients meeting , Survey at National Hospitals, APIC position statement (first draft), VaP Registry Update.

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Article of Interest


Country Champions: Profs. Rui Campante Teles and Lino Patricio
Last update: September 2019