The FDA has approved a redesigned heart valve for patients with aortic valve stenosis who are at high risk of death or complications from open-heart surgery or have an inoperable condition.
Over time, calcium deposits can form in the aortic valve and cause it to narrow. As a result, the heart may weaken from additional exertion needed to pump enough blood through the smaller opening. Severe aortic valve stenosis generally requires heart valve replacement to improve blood flow.
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