Hospital websites often understate risks of new valve replacement

January 15, 2015 4:52 PM

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U.S. hospitals that offer information about a common heart valve replacement procedure often explain the benefits but rarely mention the risks - including doubled risk of stroke - according to a new study.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was recently introduced as a less invasive method than open surgery for opening a narrowed aorta, the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

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