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Medical News and Perspectives
March 19, 2003

Trials Planned for Testing Nonsurgical Approach to Replacing Heart Valves

JAMA. 2003;289(11):1366-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.289.11.1366

A newly developed endovascular procedure that is about to undergo testing in clinical trials in the United States and Europe may offer hope for patients too elderly or sick to be candidates for open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement. If proven in that arena, proponents suggest, the approach also may one day replace conventional aortic valve surgery .

The trials were proposed after a successful percutaneous transcatheter implantation of a prosthetic valve was performed in France on a 57-year-old man with a severely calcified aortic valve (Circulation. 2002;106:3006-3008).

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