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Heart health: Doctors devise less invasive valve surgery
USA Today

A new study shows that leaky heart valves can be fixed without major surgery, by guiding a tiny clothespin-like clip into place from an incision in a vein in the groin, doctors said Sunday. The clip was designed to fix leaky mitral valves, diagnosed in 250,000 people in the USA each year. Doctors say the research heralds a new era, one in which major heart defects can be repaired without slicing open the chest to reach the heart.