Famous heart specialist Alain Cribier died at 79 | EUROtoday

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LProfessor Alain Cribier, internationally acknowledged heart specialist, died Friday February 16 on the age of 79, in keeping with a press launch from the Rouen University Hospital. In a press launch, the hospital middle recollects that it was primarily identified for “having developed the technique of percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVI)”.

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The physician was “at the origin of three world firsts”, comparable to the primary aortic dilation with a balloon catheter in 1985 and “valvuloplasty with a metal dilator” in 1992. But he’s finest identified for “the primary implantation of a percutaneous aortic valve”, a “revolutionary alternative treatment to major thoracic surgery, until now the only response to patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis”.

A world first in Rouen

This world first, carried out in 2002 in Rouen, was the origin of a significant upheaval within the therapy of aortic stenosis, a standard situation amongst these over 65. Professor Cribier, who acquired the distinguished prize from the American College of Cardiology, then skilled medical doctors in TAVI world wide.

He confided in 2019, within the columns of Le Point, that “it took almost ten years to develop the valve”. “The advantage of this technique is that it is done under local anesthesia and people can return home within three days, without rehabilitation.”