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Life Saving Heart Procedure Now Being Performed On South Coast

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:08am

It’s a diagnosis which sometimes amounted to a death sentence.

Standard treatment for a failing aortic valve often means open heart surgery.  But, for many older people, the operation isn’t an option, because they might not survive the procedure.

A new non-surgical approach to replacing the valves is giving many high risk patients a new option.  It’s a procedure being done in some large urban hospitals, but a Santa Barbara County hospital is now offering it in the county for the first time.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.

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