Van­cou­ver car­di­ol­o­gist heart valve

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has pre­sented de­tails of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary

to thou­sands of doc­tors from around the world and says the min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dure will “blow peo­ple’s minds.” Dr. David Wood led a study in­volv­ing 411 pa­tients who un­der­went an op­er­a­tion called 3M tran­scatheter aor­tic valve re­place­ment for treat­ing aor­tic heart valve dis­ease. In­stead of in­va­sive open heart surgery, which re­quires gen­eral anes­thetic, slic­ing of the ster­num, or breast­bone, and long hos­pi­tal stays and re­cov­ery time, pa­tients were awake for the 45-minute pro­ce­dure and walk­ing within a few hours.

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