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    • Blood pressure as a risk factor for valve disease
      A recent study, published in PLOS Medicine, stated that high blood pressure can increase the risk of a person to develop mitral regurgitation. The research also suggests that although mitral regurgitation has been previously linked with older age, it may also be preventable. The overall findings of the study suggest that a controlled blood pressure may be of great importance in reducing the risk of mitral regurgitation. Below, you can find some tips on how to naturally keep your blood pressure under control: 1. Lose weight if needed 2. Exercise often 3. Keep a healthy diet 4. Limit your salt intake 5. Reduce your alcohol use 6. Quit…
    • Busiest doctors get the best patient outcomes with heart valve surgery
      A new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City found that patients who have heart valve surgery get better results and are more likely to survive if their surgeon does the operation frequently. Learn more about this study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology here.
    • Study finds conscious sedation as a safe alternative to general anesthesia for heart valve procedure
      UCLA scientists have published new study findings that suggest an alternative method to general anesthesia for patients who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Conscious sedation, which is a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free, has been found to be safe and sometimes preferable for heart valve patients.
    • Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease
      A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.
    • Your Cardiovascular System from SCAI
      The first step toward preventing and managing heart disease is understanding how your cardiovascular system works.  Learn more from SecondsCount.org–a resource of SCAI.
    • Get Heart-Smart About Angiography with SecondsCount.org
      Learn about what to expect from your angiogram at SecondsCount.org from the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.  This informational website provides expanded awareness of cardiovascular heath issues, from prevention to treatment and everything in between.
    • Study Links High LDL Cholesterol to Aortic Valve Disease
      A 2014 study published in JAMA claims to have found evidence to support a causal association between high levels of “bad” cholesterol and aortic valve stenosis – a form of aortic valve disease in which the valve is narrowed, restricting blood flow from the heart.
    • Cardiac Stress Test - How to Prepare and What to Expect
      Preparing for a cardiac stress test can be intimidating. Cedars-Sinai provides useful tips on how to prepare and what to expect during and after the test.
    • Tips for Talking with Your Cardiologist
      The Cleveland Clinic provides tips on getting the most out of your next cardiology appointment.
    • Technology Update from HVS on Sutureless Valve
      HeartValveSurgery.com gives a thorough look at the newly approved Perceval Sutureless Heart Valve. Three leading cardiac surgeons cover how the valve works, who might benefit from this treatment advance, and more.
    • Association Between Bad Cholesterol and Aortic Valve Disease
      A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association links high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and aortic valve disease. The researchers observed genetic variation to discover markers that cause disease.
    • When Valve Surgery is Not an Option, Think TAVR
      The Heart and Vascular Team at the Cleveland Clinic writes about a relatively new procedure that is giving hope to patients who are at too high risk for valve replacement surgery.
    • Doctors Combine 2 Heart Procedures for Positive Results
      The Heart and Vascular Team at the Cleveland Clinic write about recent research showing that repairing the mitral valve and AFib at the same time makes patients more likely to achieve heart-rhythm control.