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  • In the 131-patient study, slow walkers — those who took longer than six seconds to cross the five-meter line — were about three times as likely to die or suffer such complications as a stroke or kidney failure and were twice as likely to have a prolonged hospital stay or be discharged to a nursing home after open-heart surgery as those who covered the distance in less than six seconds.

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  • More than half of patients who undergo open-heart surgery in the U.S. and Canada are at least 65 years old and growing numbers of them are in their 80s or even 90s.

    The Newest Heart Test Is Low-Tech

  • That segment focuses on patients who are at high risk for the open-heart surgery, but who can still withstand such surgery.

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  • The smaller study segment involves patients at "extreme risk," which means surgeons decided they shouldn't have open-heart surgery.

    Medtronic Alters Study for New Heart Valves

  • The devices in question are threaded into place by catheter and don't require the open-heart surgery needed to implant traditional replacement valves.

    Medtronic Alters Study for New Heart Valves

  • “These poor kids are having open-heart surgery,” Danielle thought to herself.

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  • He underwent 11 hours of open-heart surgery after being taken ill during a match in 2001.

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  • I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

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  • No one wants to be hospitalized with a heart attack or watch a loved one undergo open-heart surgery for a problem that might have been prevented.

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  • Delivering valves from under the collar bone is more invasive than from the groin, but less invasive than open-heart surgery, Dr. Popma said.

    Medtronic Alters Study for New Heart Valves


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