Friday, January 3, 2014

Similar results for repair or replacement of damaged heart valves

As per a new research presented at Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvan suggested that there is no major difference between the results at one-year between two recommended surgical options that are used for treating ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) that is the repair of the valve or its replacement of an artificial valve. This study has led to a new direction for cardiac surgeons through this they will be able to guide their patients in a better way. As per the current guidelines it is recommend that either a repair or replacement of severe mitral leak caused by ischemic mitral insufficiency when medical alternatives have failed. The lead study author Michael Acker, MD, chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and director, Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center explains, "While the medical community has traditionally gravitated towards valve repair as a preferred treatment option, the evidence in this study does not suggest that mitral valve repair is superior.”

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