The patient received a valve replacement 13 years ago and it was beginning to fail. Therefore, the team inserted the newly approved valve, by way of catheter, to assist the failing valve. This new valve is the smallest of its kind, which allowed for less invasive surgery and reduced the risks that come with open heart surgery in the elderly patient.
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Editor's Note: On Oct 19, 2015, the International Journal of Cardiology published a journal article about this topic that was submitted by Dr. Thukkani, Dr. Klein and others. The International Journal of Cardiology serves both practicing clinicians and research workers and has over 101,000 monthly downloads.
Arun Thukkani, MD, and Michael Klein, MD, are members of BJC Medical Group and are on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. They are a part of the BJC Medical Group Cardiology practice and can be reached at 314.996.7190.