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WORCESTER – A new treatment at St. Vincent Hospital can help prolong the lives of certain patients with a severe heart valve disease without leaving behind the scars of open-heart surgery.

Now, St. Vincent doctors can treat high-risk patients with mitral valve stenosis, a narrowing of one of the valves that manages blood flow from the heart, with a minimally invasive procedure known as transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR).

Only patients who have undergone open-heart surgery to replace their mitral valve with an artificial one can receive TMVR. St. Vincent doctors say that population — typically adults in their 80s — is growing across the country.

“These replacement valves are very good, but they’re not as good as nature’s own devices,” said Dr. Joseph Hannan, director of interventional cardiology at St. Vincent. “They degenerate within 10 years. When the valve does fail, previously the only option was re-operation: open-heart surgery. For many of these patients, though, a second operation is just too much.”

Aortic Valve Surgery - Bookshelf


Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery
351 pages
Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery

This text provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of catheter based approaches to valve and aortic diseases.

Aortic Root Surgery, The Biological Solution
616 pages
Aortic Root Surgery, The Biological Solution

The book contains a collection of proceedings of The Berlin Heart Valve Symposium which was held in November 2008.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, An Issue of Interventional Cardiology Clinics,
225 pages
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, An Issue of Interventional Cardiology Clinics,

This issue of Interventional Cardiology Clinics, edited by Susheel K. Kodali, is devoted to Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery
135 pages
Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery

This is the first book authored exclusively on this subject. The three editors are leading authorities on this subject in the UK and are mentors for many surgical programs.

Prosthetic replacement of the aortic valve
217 pages
Prosthetic replacement of the aortic valve


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