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Heart Health

04 April 2011

Breakthrough 'cow valve' heart implant

A new type of heart valve made with cow tissue and inserted by catheter was hailed as a major breakthrough that could eliminate the need for open heart surgery in some patients.

A new type of heart valve made with cow tissue and inserted by catheter was hailed as a major breakthrough that could eliminate the need for open heart surgery in some patients, US doctors.

The technique of inserting the bioprosthetic valve through a tube in the artery is less invasive than conventional surgery and showed similar survival rates to conventional surgery, but also raised the risk of stroke and other major heart complications.

 

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