Thousands Of Cardiac Patients Could Avoid Open Heart Surgery

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Sunday, March 17th
Patients who need a new heart valve may soon be able to avoid open-heart surgery and the months of difficult recovery that come with it.

Research from a group of cardiac surgeons has found that patients with a low surgery risk can still benefit from a minimally invasive procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR, in the place of the traditional option of open-heart surgery.

Dr. Michael Mack is a heart surgeon at BSW Health in Texas and one of the authors of the study. He tells KCBS Radio anchors Melissa Culross and Jon Bristow about what they found and the progress it represents.