Great News- Fda approves TAVR for low-risk patients after two successful clinical trials

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 … Continue reading Great News- Fda approves TAVR for low-risk patients after two successful clinical trials

New Heart Valve Replacement Technology

There are some exciting things coming down the road in heart valve replacement technology. This first is Edwards "resilia" aortic tissue valve. I have a very similar Edwards valve but there are two advances here. The most important is that the tissue does not calcify as quickly. Calcium build-up is the main reason these replacement … Continue reading New Heart Valve Replacement Technology

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

There is an interesting Ted talk on this topic entitled Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far by Cardiologist James O'Keefe. He argues that more vigorous exercise like running (and other aerobic exercise of similar intensity) has an inverted U-shaped curve of health benefit. Doing some exercise confers significant health … Continue reading How Much Exercise Is Too Much?