Vancouver heart procedure set for international trial (St. Paul's Hospital)

A heart procedure pioneered at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital could allow people to avoid open-heart surgery and massively cut down on recovery times.

Called the Vancouver 3M Clinical Pathway, the procedure involves inserting a new valve into people’s hearts by way of a catheter.

According to Dr. David Wood, a standard aortic valve replacement keeps a patient in the hospital for up to two weeks, and away from work for up to three months.

Justin McElroy reports

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