6/11/2013

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement offers a safe alternative to surgery for high-risk patients suffering from aortic stenosis, says SCAI fellow Dr. Samin Sharma of Mount Sinai Hospital, who performs 1,500-plus coronary procedures annually. Risks associated with the procedure, which according to one study boasts a five-year success rate of 97%, are mainly associated with the relatively large size of the catheter tubes, Sharma said: "In my opinion, once we can get the tubes smaller, that will eliminate the additional risk of stroke."

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