7/19/2013

Transcatheter heart valve replacement is helping to prolong the life of Merna Nielsen, an 83-year-old patient in Utah who was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis. The procedure offered new hope to Nielsen, who was deemed ineligible for open-heart surgery because of her age and radiation damage she sustained in her chest from previous cancer therapy. Nielsen was required to stay in the hospital for only three days after the procedure and has fully recovered.

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