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More information on no-surgery valve repair

Updated: November 01, 2008

Doctors around the world are testing the safety and effectiveness of repairing or replacing heart valves without surgery. These new techniques are generally done by approaching the heart from a blood vessel in the groin. You can see short movies showing how this might be done at several industry Web sites, including Edwards Lifesciences, Evalve, and Sadra Medical.

Just because doctors can repair or replace failing heart valves without surgery, we don't know if doing this works as well as the traditional open-heart approach. Trials of through-the-circulatory-system approaches registered with the National Institutes of Health that are recruiting participants include:

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