Washington, DC—Cardiologists wielding
percutaneous devices are gradually venturing into a domain that previously
had been exclusively that of cardiac surgeons, the repair of diseased heart
Buoyed by new findings presented at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s
2004 Scientific Symposium on Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics held
here in late September, many proponents are optimistic that such relatively
noninvasive measures will soon become the standard of practice—despite
the fact that scarcely more than 100 patients worldwide have had pulmonary,
aortic, or mitral valves repaired or replaced via transcatheter procedures.
Such confidence is bolstered by a history of conquest, from percutaneous coronary
revascularization to carotid artery stenting.
Mitka M. Noninvasive Heart Valve Procedures Seen as Potential Alternative to Surgery. JAMA. 2004;292(21):2566-2567. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2566