In SAVR, cerebral embolic protection devices don't live up to their name

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Takeaway 

  • At 7 d, risk for cerebral infarction was no less for patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) with an embolic protection device vs with standard aortic cannula.
  • Devices (suction-based extraction [SBE] or intra-aortic filtration [IAF]) capture debris in most ...