SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
New Study Examines Outcomes for Patients One Year After Non-Surgical Heart Valve Replacement
Open-heart surgery is the standard way to replace a damaged aortic valve, however for patients who cannot undergo traditional open-heart surgery, new technology is allowing doctors to replace a poorly functioning aortic valve through a catheter.
According to the March 10 issue of JAMA, researchers analyzed the outcomes of over 12,000 patients who underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement and how they are faring a year after their procedure.
The study found that at one year, the death rate was nearly one in four; of those alive, about half had not been rehospitalized and approximately 25 percent had only one hospitalization.