New Procedure for Aortic Valve Stenosis, but trials show you’re twice as likely to have a stroke afterwards.

3 04 2011

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I love the science section of all new sites. I like new fancy things, electronics, procedures, new planets, medical breakthroughs.  They’re great, and neat and they keep live innovative and interesting. And this article in the LA Times is no different.

A procedure for aortic valve stenosis that’s much less invasive and much cheaper! Using a catheter to replace the faulty valve. Great!

Wait a second. “Strokes and minor strokes were about twice as common in the minimally invasive group, and vascular complications such as bleeding or need for repair were about three times as common. But the group receiving the minimally invasive procedure was only about half as likely to undergo severe bleeding or to develop irregular heart rhythms.”

Um. What?

Granted, people on average are living two years longer after undergoing this procedure. I’m not sure I’d take those odds.

Long story short, this is cool, but I hope the whole stroke and bleeding issues are sorted out.

I really like how those facts are buried in the article too. I think that’s kind of important information before a whole bunch of elderly people jump on the catheter procedure bus.

This is promising and cool, but It’s still concerning.

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