Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves 3 - PARTNER 3

Contribution To Literature:

The PARTNER 3 trial showed that in low-risk patients, TAVR was superior to SAVR at reducing death, stroke, or rehospitalization at 1 year. 


The goal of the trial was to evaluate transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) compared with surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) among low-risk patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis.

Study Design

  • Randomized
  • Parallel

Low-risk patients undergoing AVR were randomized to TAVR using the SAPIEN 3 valve (n = 503) versus SAVR (n = 497). The TAVR group received aspirin and clopidogrel 300 mg prior to the procedure and dual antiplatelet therapy for ≥1 month after the procedure.

  • Total number of enrollees: 1,000
  • Duration of follow-up: 1 year
  • Mean patient age: 73 years
  • Percentage female: 30%
  • Percentage with diabetes: 31%

Inclusion criteria:

  • Symptomatic high-gradient aortic stenosis
  • Suitable for transfemoral access
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk of 30-day mortality: <4.0%

Exclusion criteria:

  • Frailty
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Anatomical features that increased the risk of complications
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction <30%
  • Myocardial infarction within the last month
  • Stroke or transient ischemic attack within the last 90 days
  • Severe aortic or mitral regurgitation
  • Moderate mitral stenosis
  • Pre-existing mechanical or bioprosthetic valve in any position
  • Complex coronary artery disease including unprotected left main disease
  • Symptomatic carotid or vertebral artery disease
  • Anemia/thrombocytopenia or high risk for bleeding
  • Severe lung disease or severe pulmonary artery hypertension
  • Body mass index >50 kg/m2

Other salient features/characteristics:

  • STS risk of 30-day mortality: 1.9%
  • Conscious sedation: 65%

Principal Findings:

The primary outcome, all-cause mortality, stroke, or rehospitalization (related to the procedure, valve, or heart failure) at 1 year, occurred in 8.5% of the TAVR group compared with 15.1% of the SAVR group (p < 0.001 for noninferiority, p = 0.001 for superiority). Findings were the same in all prespecified subgroups.

Secondary outcomes:

  • Stroke at 30 days: 0.6% for TAVR vs. 2.4% for SAVR (p = 0.02)
  • New-onset atrial fibrillation at 30 days: 5.0% for TAVR vs. 39.5% for SAVR (p < 0.001)
  • Death or low Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire score at 30 days: 3.9% for TAVR vs. 30.6% for SAVR (p < 0.001)
  • Death or disabling stroke at 1 year: 1.0% for TAVR vs. 2.9% for SAVR (p < 0.05)
  • Mild paravalvular aortic regurgitation at 1 year: 29.4% for TAVR vs. 2.1% for SAVR (p < 0.05)
  • Moderate to severe paravalvular aortic regurgitation at 1 year: 0.6% for TAVR vs. 0.5% for SAVR (p = not significant [NS])
  • Length of stay: 3 days for TAVR vs. 7 days for SAVR (p < 0.001)
  • Permanent pacemaker within 30 days: 6.5% for TAVR vs. 4.0% for SAVR (p = NS)


Among low-risk patients with aortic stenosis, TAVR was superior to SAVR at preventing death, stroke, or rehospitalization at 1 year. TAVR was also associated with a lower incidence of stroke and atrial fibrillation, and a shorter hospital length of stay compared with SAVR. There was a numerical increase in the need for new permanent pacemaker within 30 days in the TAVR group (6.5% with TAVR vs. 4.0% with SAVR); however, this difference was not statistically significant. Mild paravalvular aortic regurgitation occurred at a higher incidence in the TAVR group. The incidence of moderate to severe aortic regurgitation was rare (<1%) and similar between treatment groups.

This is a landmark trial, which will expand the penetration of TAVR in the treatment of aortic stenosis. Planned future research will examine long-term outcomes and valve durability.


Mack MJ, Leon MB, Thourani VH, et al., on behalf of the PARTNER 3 Investigators. Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Replacement With a Balloon-Expandable Valve in Low-Risk Patients. N Engl J Med 2019;380:1695-1705.

Editorial: Otto CM. Informed Shared Decisions for Patients With Aortic Stenosis. N Engl J Med 2019;380:1769-70.

Presented by Dr. Martin Leon at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session (ACC 2019), New Orleans, LA, March 17, 2019.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Cardiac Surgery, Geriatric Cardiology, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, Valvular Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Aortic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Arrhythmias, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Failure, Cardiac Surgery and VHD, Acute Heart Failure, Interventions and Structural Heart Disease

Keywords: ACC Annual Scientific Session, ACC19, Aortic Valve Insufficiency, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Aspirin, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Surgical Procedures, Geriatrics, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Diseases, Heart Valve Prosthesis, Pacemaker, Artificial, Stroke, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Vascular Diseases

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