St. Paul’s Hospital performs first new non-invasive heart surgery

A new non-invasive heart surgery is being considered a breakthrough for people who previously had no treatment options available.

There is a new procedure available for the one-in-10 people over the age of 75 with the heart condition “mitral regurgitation,” which is a leaking valve in the heart.

Dr. Robert Boone from St. Paul’s Hospital says this method allows patients to recover quickly. “We can put a catheter through the leg, the vein in the leg called the femoral artery, and thread a small wire up to the heart and place a clip on the leaking valve to stop it from leaking without doing open heart surgery.”

Kristin Woodhouse Reports

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