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Arizona hospital tests new mitral valve procedure that avoids open heart surgery

16:28 EDT 20 Jun 2017 | Cardiovascular Business

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Physicians at HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Arizona, have implanted a mitral valve in an elderly patient while her heart was still beating, a new approach that’s less invasive, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.

Placing mitral valves use to require open heart surgery, but using a new bioprosthetic mitral valve lets surgeons place it without stopping the heart. This was the first procedure of its kind performed in the southwest region, said David Rizik, MD, the chief scientific officer and director of structural intervention at HonorHealth.

HonorHealth is currently only performing the procedure on elderly patients, though younger, stronger patients could still be good candidates for it.

“As we learn more about the valve and how durable it is and how long it will last we can then start applying it to a younger, healthier population,” Rizik said.

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