The full story is here. I’ve previously discussed the breakthrough TAVR procedure for aortic stenosis where the new valve is deployed through the groin. This is minimally invasive, does not involve opening the chest, and does not require the patient to be on a heart-lung machine. Clinical trials have shown good results, with faster recovery time than the “old-school” surgery. Medicare will also pay for the new procedure. This is great news for anyone with severe aortic stenosis that needs a replacement valve. Previously the procedure had been approved only for patients at intermediate or high risk from the traditional procedure.