Surgical Versus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery
Tie Goes to the Runner
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Rule 7.01 of the official Major League Baseball Rulebook states a runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when he touches it before he is out. There is no mention of the runner reaching the bag simultaneously with the baseman receiving the ball, but any little league player will tell you that the tie goes to the runner. This obscure argument has been the source of much debate. Does the burden of proof fall to the runner to prove he has beaten the ball to the base? Should the umpire be forced to make the sometimes-difficult decision of who beat who? Is it better for the game itself to give the benefit to the lonely runner who is up against 9 opposing players on the field? We add our own question. What does this have to do with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)?
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Since the US Food and Drug Administration approval of the first-generation device, TAVR has revolutionized the management of severe aortic stenosis.1 Technical enhancements—reduction in device profile, semi-retrievable features, and paravalvular leak preventing mechanisms—have helped with the exponential growth in TAVR utilization.2 Data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons/Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry show that the annual TAVR volumes have increased from 4627 in 2012 to 24 808 in 2015—almost a 6-fold …