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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