Medical News and Perspectives
December 1, 2004

Noninvasive Heart Valve Procedures Seen as Potential Alternative to Surgery

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2566-2567. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2566

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 valves.

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.

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