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TAVR Called ‘Transformative’ for Your Heart’s Aortic Valve

A minimally invasive technique for aortic valve replacement has emerged as one of the most exciting innovations in heart care in decades. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) allows doctors to insert a prosthetic valve inside a damaged valve in the cath lab. It’s a lifesaving option for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), for whom … Read More

SAVR Heart Surgery Outcomes Improve Even as Population Ages

If you need surgery for aortic valve disease – you may be worried – wondering what this surgery involves. What are the risks?  Will I survive?  These questions are even more worrisome when you have other medical conditions or need other heart surgery.  But – never fear – your chances for a successful surgery have … Read More

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Heart Transplant Patients Enjoying Longer Lives

In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Transplant Program marked its 30th anniversary, having performed more than 1,600 heart transplants in that time. About 4,000 heart transplantation procedures are performed annually worldwide. Cleveland Clinic’s program is the fifth largest heart transplant program in the country and the largest in Ohio. The program boasts survival rates of … Read More

Mitral Valve Repair Offers a Fix Before Your Symptoms Start

Physicians have long espoused the wisdom of preventive medicine — and sometimes, that means having surgery before you think you need it. This is the case with mitral valve regurgitation, a condition that results when the valve leaflets fail to close tightly, letting blood flow backwards in the heart. In most cases, doctors detect early … Read More