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NIHR Signal Aortic valve implantation without open surgery has short term benefits
For people with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, implanting an aortic valve by guiding it into place through the blood vessels rather than by open heart surgery improves survival at two years. This review pooled data from four major trials of different catheter-based devices in people who were eligible for either treatment. It found the less invasive approach improved survival compared to open heart surgery at two years, when the results for all surgical risk categories were combined. The le...
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