Less-invasive procedures are transforming heart surgery

03/24/2013 | CTV.ca (Canada)

Care that used to require open-heart surgery is increasingly being performed through blood vessels with miniature tools and devices. Advances include a Terumo balloon catheter that can be inserted in the arm rather than the groin; the use of catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation; and the expanded use of a tiny artificial aortic valve. "This is the replacement for the surgeon's knife," said Dr. Spencer King, a past leader of the American College of Cardiology.

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