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Madera hospital simplifies healing of hearts
Merced Sun-Star

Children’s Hospital Central California broke ground this week when doctors there replaced heart valves in two teenagers without cracking open a chest.

“This is the next big technology leap” in cardiac care, said Dr. Carl Owada, medical director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.

In the past, children with narrowed pulmonary arteries and defects in their pulmonary valves, which regulate the flow of blood into the lungs, had to have open-heart surgery for a valve replacement.