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09-12-2016 | Original Article - Design Study Article | Uitgave 5/2017 Open Access

Netherlands Heart Journal 5/2017

Rationale and design of the Edwards SAPIEN-3 periprosthetic leakage evaluation versus Medtronic CoreValve in transfemoral aortic valve implantation (ELECT) trial

A randomised comparison of balloon-expandable versus self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve prostheses

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 5/2017
M. Abawi, P. Agostoni, N. H. M. Kooistra, M. Samim, F. Nijhoff, M. Voskuil, H. Nathoe, P. A. Doevendans, S. A. Chamuleau, K. Urgel, J. Hendrikse, T. Leiner, A. C. Abrahams, B. van der Worp, P. R. Stella


Background and objectives

Periprosthetic aortic regurgitation (PPR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains an important issue associated with impaired long-term outcomes. The current randomised study aims to evaluate potential differences between the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN-3 and the self-expanding Medtronic CoreValve system with the main focus on post-TAVI PPR by means of novel imaging endpoints, and an additional focus on other clinical endpoints.


The primary endpoint of this study is quantitative assessment of the severity of post-procedural PPR using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Several other novel imaging modalities (X-ray contrast angiography, echocardiography) are used as secondary imaging modalities for the assessment of PPR following TAVI. Secondary objectives of the study include clinical outcomes such as cerebral and kidney injury related to TAVI, and quality of life.

Methods and design

The ELECT study is a single-centre, prospective, two-armed randomised controlled trial. For the purpose of this study, 108 consecutive adult patients suitable for transfemoral TAVI will be randomly allocated to receive the SAPIEN-3 (n = 54) or the CoreValve system (n = 54).


The ELECT trial is the first randomised controlled trial to quantitatively compare the extent of post-TAVI PPR between the SAPIEN-3 and CoreValve. Furthermore, it will evaluate potential differences between the two prostheses with regard to mid-term clinical outcome and quality of life.

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