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    Building a Better Valve
    cardiostarusa1 posted:
    We've talked about this here from time-to-time regarding "revalving" for high-risk patients.


    A new approach to replacing narrowed heart valves allows older and sicker patients to survive treatment.

    The procedure is called TAVR, for transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

    The procedure is now being tested on a much larger pool of generally younger patients at intermediate risk. Some cardiologists say they worry it will be used in such cases before the evidence is in. Others say it will eventually replace surgery for almost everyone who needs an aortic valve, not just for the most fragile.



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