Cardiology

Medicare changes may increase access to TAVR

People with aortic stenosis and a low surgical risk became eligible for a less invasive valve replacement last summer, spurring increased demand for the catheter-based procedure called TAVR. But only a subset of U.S. hospitals, ...

Cardiology

TAVR increasingly being used in young adults despite uncertainty

(HealthDay)—For young adults undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR), use of transcatheter AVR (TAVR) has increased even though open heart surgery currently is considered the best option, according to a study presented ...

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

Elevated systolic BP may up risk for valvular heart disease

(HealthDay)—The cumulative effect of elevated systolic blood pressure appears to be associated with an increased risk for major valvular heart disease, according to a study published online July 10 in JAMA Cardiology.

Cardiology

Heart valve procedure safe for patients with common heart defect

A new analysis conducted by investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute shows for the first time that patients with a common heart defect who undergo catheter-based valve replacement procedures have the same survival ...

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