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Structural & Congenital Heart Disease


Next-day discharge after minimalist transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was safe for patients who didn’t experience perioperative complications and was linked to better one-year outcomes versus patients discharged later, according to a single-center study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) rolled out new guidelines for managing valvular heart disease (VHD) in 2017, marking the second overhaul of VHD recommendations in three years—a move attributable to “extensive new data” that have shaped the way clinicians treat valve disease.

A larger valve option and more appropriate valve sizing using preprocedural imaging may eliminate the previously reported survival disparity between men and women undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions suggests.

Procedures to replace or repair patients’ tricuspid valves (TVs) remain rare but have increased in recent years, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. But despite this increased volume, in-hospital mortality has remained steady at 8.8 percent.

The Centera transcatheter heart valve (THV) shows promise in addressing the “Achilles’ heel” of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to Luis Nombela-Franco, MD, PhD, who wrote an editorial about the device’s pivotal study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


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FDA, health orgs encourage better ways to test heart drugs in children

In a new health policy statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other major health organizations have called for improvements in the way medications are developed and tested in children with heart disease.

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Healing hearts, one molecule at a time

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Scientists ID cell that can regenerate heart tissue after MI

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have uncovered a molecule found in newborns that aids in regenerating damaged hearts—and are now testing ways that the molecule could treat heart attack victims.

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