Cardiology

Study compares heart valve systems

Among patients undergoing aortic valve replacement using a catheter tube, a comparison of two types of heart valve technologies, balloon-expandable or self-expandable valve systems, found a greater rate of device success ...

Cardiology

Device reduces risk of brain injury after heart valve replacement

Among patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation, the use of a cerebral protection device (a filter that captures debris [tissue and plaque] dislodged ...

Cardiology

Three SNPs linked to aortic stenosis in older adults

(HealthDay) -- Three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are associated with aortic stenosis involving tricuspid aortic valves in older patients, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of The American Journal ...

Cardiology

STS: SAVR still excellent option for intermediate-risk seniors

(HealthDay)—For intermediate-risk elderly patients, surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) remains a safe and effective way to treat aortic stenosis, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society ...

Cardiology

Results of the COREVALVE EXTREME RISK trial presented

In a clinical trial, a self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve met the key performance objective of reducing death and stroke in patients with severe aortic stenosis at "extreme risk" for surgery.Results of the COREVALVE ...

Cardiology

Does open heart surgery affect cognitive abilities?

Most people who need open heart surgery to repair damaged heart valves are aged 65 or older. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that nearly 8 million people have had heart surgeries. However, we don't fully understand ...

Cardiology

Results of US CoreValve High Risk Trial reported at TCT 2014

According to a new study, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) provided meaningful clinical benefits relative to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in high risk patients with incremental costs considered acceptable ...

Cardiology

Fewer deaths with self-expanding TAVR versus surgery at one year

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a self-expanding valve prosthesis for the first time has demonstrated significantly lower death rates at one year compared with conventional surgical valve replacement in high-risk ...

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