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Early Surgery Can Increase Survival for Damaged Mitral Valves

Bloomberg News reports on a new study that reveals immediate surgery for people with damaged mitral valves to be significantly more beneficial than the common practice of waiting for symptoms to manifest before invasive surgery. The study revealed that “getting the operation within three months boosts survival by 45 percent over a decade for those with valve regurgitation that hasn’t caused symptoms.” In addition, the study found that patients treated within three months of diagnosis “were also markedly less likely to develop heart failure.” These results discredit many patients’ decision to avoid surgery because they are told “the heart can often compensate and the risk of an operation was substantial.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in JAMA.