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Valves replaced without open-heart surgery
The Mercury News

For the first time in the Central Valley, doctors have replaced heart valves in two patients without cracking open their chests.

The Fresno Bee reports ( two teenagers at Children’s Hospital Central California received new Melody Valves via a catheter inserted into a vein in their legs and threaded to their hearts. The entire procedure takes just a few hours. In the past children with narrowed pulmonary arteries and defects in their pulmonary valves faced open-heart surgery and weeks of recovery.