Study: Heart valve procedure may be surgery alternative

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April 4, 2011
Associated Press    
Posted in News

"A long-awaited study suggests that many people with a bad aortic valve, the heart’s main gate, can avoid open-heart surgery and have a new one placed through a tube in an artery instead. There is a downside — a higher risk of stroke — and uncertainty about how long these valves will last. Still, doctors predicted that if the new valve wins federal approval, patients would embrace it as they did balloon angioplasty, which has allowed millions to have clogged arteries fixed without an operation." (04/04/11)  

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