Genetics

Turning to genetics to treat little hearts

A team of researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal has discovered a new mechanism involved in a common congenital disease of the aortic valve. The findings of the study, conducted in collaboration with ...

Cardiology

Predicting leaky heart valves with 3-D printing

More than one in eight people aged 75 and older in the United States develop moderate-to-severe blockage of the aortic valve in their hearts, usually caused by calcified deposits that build up on the valve's leaflets and ...

Genetics

Gene mutation for heart disease in Newfoundland dogs identified

Newfoundlands—those massive, furry, black dogs—have captured many a heart with their hallmark size, sweet nature and loyalty. Unfortunately these gentle giants' own hearts are all too often afflicted with a potentially ...

Medical research

Study backs new heart valve without cracking chest

(AP) -- Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option - a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests.

Cardiology

Promising findings for treating damaged heart valves

Aortic valve calcification is a challenging condition for the health service and for the patients concerned. The only treatment currently available is surgery. Mariia Boganova recently defended her thesis which addresses ...

Cardiology

Rate of surgical bailout low for TAVR

(HealthDay)—The need for surgical bailout in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is low, according to a study recently published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Cardiology

Defective cilia linked to heart valve birth defects

Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common heart valve birth defect and one of the most common birth defects of any type, affecting around 70 million people worldwide. A healthy aortic valve has three leaflets; in BAV ...

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