When a surgically replaced heart valve
fails, many patients can be treated with medications or undergo another surgery to replace the damaged valve. High risk patients, including those who are older and have other serious illnesses, may not be able to survive another surgery. A new study evaluated a minimally invasive procedure, where a new valve can be inserted inside the failed valve using a catheter
. Catherine Dolf explains in this week’s JAMA Report.
Read the JAMA Report here.