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December 10, 2013 5:59 AM

Doc Talk: Options available for high-risk cardiac patients

In the United States, approximately 2.5 percent of the population has valvular heart disease (VHD), a problem with one of the heart’s four valves, which are located between the four chambers of the heart. Its crucial these valves open and close properly in one direction to allow blood to flow to the two atria and two ventricle chambers that pump and circulate blood on to the body. While surgery remains the best treatment for most patients, there is an alternative for those considered too high of a risk for surgery.

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