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OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE: Many patients who suffer from the condition are elderly and often have other serious medical problems, so the risk from surgical valve replacement can be high.

When the heart valve degenerates

There is new hope for elderly patients but the treatment raises the issue of therapeutic futility
Dec 12, 2015 5:50 AM

FOR the elderly who suffer from shortness of breath, chest pain or fainting spells, the underlying cause of the symptoms may not always be blockage of the heart arteries but could be disease of the heart valves.

When the left lower chamber of the heart contracts, blood is pumped out of

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