Minimally invasive surgery helps elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis live longer

March 16, 2015 8:44 AM

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Elderly patients once considered too frail or too sick for aortic valve replacement surgery are living longer, with better quality of life, following a minimally invasive surgery, compared to patients who did not undergo surgery, according a study published in The Lancet today.

Researchers at 21 medical centers followed 358 patients with severe aortic stenosis for five years. The patients, with a mean age of 83, were evenly divided into two study groups - one that underwent minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery and one that followed stand...

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