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Bad Aortic Valve Doesn't Necessarily Mean Open-Heart Surgery

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many people with a bad aortic valve – the main gate for blood leaving the heart – may soon be able to avoid open-heart surgery and have a new one inserted through a tube in an artery in the groin or chest instead. A study finds the survival rate after a year is about the same, for either way.  

Seven-hundred patients were studied by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Half of the patients had the usual surgery and half were treated via the artery.

Strokes and other neurological problems were twice as common in the artery group.

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