When kids have cardiac abnormalities, they need to have prosthetic heart valves surgically implanted. As they grow, multiple procedures are required to replace the valves with larger versions. A recent Medgadget article reported on a new development that will be much more cost-effective and easier on the patient. Researchers from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed an artificial valve that can grow as needed via a minimally invasive transcatheter procedure. The new valves tested successfully in sheep, and clinical trials on humans are expected to take place in the near future.
Quick Hits: New Prosthetic Heart Valve Grows With Patient
An innovative new prosthetic heart valve could benefit hundreds of thousands of children.
Mar 3rd, 2020