An easier way to replace a heart valve

Published: February, 2013

A new procedure can help people who are too sick for surgery.

Earlier this year the FDA approved transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), but patients are just now starting to undergo the procedure. So is it making a difference? "Yes, TAVR is a dramatic development in the treatment of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Patients who previously would have died are now being saved by this procedure."

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