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TAVR is not the ‘beginning of the end’ for aortic stenosis open heart surgery

Two studies presented in March at #ACC19 are the talk of the cardiology community. Both address one question: Can low-risk patients with aortic stenosis benefit from TAVR? Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., says the data are intriguing, but the excitement is a bit premature. Learn more.

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Warning signs when an artery is blocked, and how to fix it

Imagine driving through a tunnel. On Monday, you encounter a pile of rubble. There is a narrow gap, big enough to drive through. On Tuesday, you’re driving through the tunnel and find

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Transradial angioplasty – a handy fix for blocked coronary arteries

Transradial angioplasty is a "handy" way to fix blocked heart arteries – by way of the wrist. It's safer than the standard approach for some patients. Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UT Southwestern discusses the benefits and the procedure. Learn more.

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MitraClip therapy: Which patients are ‘sick enough’?

MitraClip has emerged as a treatment option for patients with mitral valve disease who are not healthy enough for valve replacement surgery. However, the device is approved for only a small patient pool – and it might be unnecessary with optimized medical therapy.

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Stents do work: A closer look at the ORBITA study data

A small study is raising questions about whether stents work for chest pain. Dr. Dharam Kumbhani says they do and explains what the data really mean.

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Common condition, rarely recognized: Peripheral artery disease

Heavy feeling in the legs? Tight calves? It may be peripheral artery disease.