Cardiology

Valve replacement via catheterization is gaining ground

When Maryann Casey battled breast cancer more than 30 years ago, her doctors warned that the radiation therapy could damage her heart. Still, she was caught off guard when, after an echocardiogram in 2012, she was diagnosed ...

Cardiology

Less invasive procedure may benefit certain heart valve patients

New recommendations clarify which patients who have malfunctioning heart valves may benefit from artificial valves replaced through a minimally invasive procedure; clarify the need for antibiotics for some patients prior ...

Cardiology

New heart valve shows high survival rates in study

Loyola University Medical Center is the only Chicago hospital participating in a landmark clinical trial of an artificial aortic heart valve that does not require open heart surgery.

Cardiology

Family history doubles aortic stenosis risk

The risk of aortic stenosis doubles when a first degree relative had the disease, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr. Mattis F. Ranthe from Denmark. The study of 4.2 million people from Danish ...

Medical research

Inflammation behind heart valve disease

Research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows, that a specific inflammatory factor may be important in the development of the heart valve disease aortic stenosis. The results suggest that anti-inflammatory medication ...

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 ...

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