Robert Pettinato at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, SC, after receiving a nonsurgical treatment called TAVR to replace a valve in his heart, Mar 15 2019. Replacement of the aortic valve with a minimally invasive procedure, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), has been reserved mostly for patients so old and sick they might not survive open-heart surgery. Now, two large clinical trials show that TAVR is just as useful in younger, healthier patients. The New York Times

Many heart patients may not need open-heart surgery

Replacement of the aortic valve with a minimally invasive procedure called TAVR proved effective in younger, healthier patients