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Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2006 May;3(5):256-64.

Surgery insight: Current advances in percutaneous heart valve replacement and repair.

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Department of Cardiology, Charles Nicolle Hospital, Rouen, France.


Several advances have been made in interventional cardiology, particularly in the field of valvular heart disease. Among the procedures for which technologies are available, percutaneous replacement of the pulmonary and aortic valves, and percutaneous repair of the mitral valve, via annuloplasty or the Alfieri method, are the best known. Along with the excitement generated by these new subspecialties, however, there has also been skepticism. In this article we focus on the current innovations that have been applied to the procedures in humans, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different strategies.

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