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American Heart Association 2008 Wrap-Up Report: Top Research Advances Include Studies That Influence Medical Care, Apply Science To 'Real World' Communities
Date:1/21/2009

besity, these results suggest that carefully designed, multi-component programs can have an important impact on this serious epidemic.

Source: Pediatrics, April 1, 2008; Pediatrics 2008;121:e794-802. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org.

Funding: This study was supported by grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service through the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program as part of Food Stamp Nutrition Education.

5. As we age - treating valvular heart disease

Transcatheter valve implantation for patients with aortic stenosis: a position statement from the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), in collaboration with the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)

The treatment of severe aortic stenosis has remained in the realm of surgery, with no significant medical options and with balloon valvuloplasty offering no sustained symptomatic benefit and no survival benefit. While traditional aortic valve replacement improves symptoms and survival, it is accompanied by morbidity and mortality, especially in the elderly and those with co-morbid conditions. Over the past 6 years, transcatheter valve implantation for patients with inoperable or very high-surgical-risk aortic stenosis has gradually improved, with increasing operator experience and a number of devices available and others in development. As experience has grown, this percutaneous, catheter-based technique is beginning to offer a reasonable alternative to conventional surgery for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis.

Sources: European Heart Journal, May 13, 2008; Eur Heart J 2008; 29:1463-70.

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