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New heart valve holds promise and stroke risk
USA Today

A new heart valve that can be implanted without surgery may hold promise for tens of thousands of elderly patients who might not survive a standard valve-replacement operation, researchers said Sunday. Their study of nearly 700 high-risk, elderly patients found that the experimental valve procedure, done through a small incision in the groin, was as effective as open-heart surgery with a similar death rate. The approach carries a big risk, however: Patients given the new valve had twice the number of major strokes as those who had surgery.