About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Aortic Valve Replaced in 92-year-old Australian Woman Without Open Heart Surgery

by Gopalan on August 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM
Font : A-A+

 Aortic Valve Replaced in 92-year-old Australian Woman Without Open Heart Surgery

In an Australian first, an aortic valve has been replaced in a 92-year-old Australian woman without open heart surgery.

In the new procedure which was developed in the United States, enables doctors to use a valve delivered by catheter. The valve is attached to a long rod and fed through a small incision in the groin up to the heart, where it defrosts and expands.

Advertisement

The state-of-the-art operation will replace conventional open heart surgery for many older Australians who are too frail or ill to cope with a major operation and long recovery time.

Kathleen Condon, a 92-year-old from Port Macquarie in New South Wales, became the first to undergo the procedure on Wednesday, but her doctors say dozens of other Australians will soon follow, Australian newspaper reported.
Advertisement

"This is a major breakthrough for older patients who have a worn out, failing aortic valve and too many other medical problems to make conventional surgery a good option," said David Muller, director of interventional cardiology at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

"With this new technology, we can offer more patients a better prognosis, sparing them surgery and a months-long recovery period, which all huge benefits, especially if you're in your 80s or 90s."

Professor Muller said it was timely given the number of patients requiring heart valve replacement was expected to increase sharply over the coming decades.

Mrs Condon, a keen bridge player with an active life, said she was relieved to avoid full surgery and was feeling "remarkably well" just 48 hours after her operation. The otherwise stressful operation did not appear to be taking a tough toll on her.

"I'm actually hoping to join a gym after all this is over," she said.

Four other NSW residents, all aged over 80, have since had the procedure, and hospitals in Brisbane and Melbourne will soon be offering it.

Specialists say younger heart patients will not be offered the procedure until it has been proven just as effective in the long term as conventionally inserted valves. 





Source: Medindia
GPL/V
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Giloy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
First-Ever Successful Pig-To-Human Kidney Transplantation
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Mitral valve Regurgitation and Mitral valve Replacement Congenital Heart Disease Heart Healthy Heart Statins Mitral Valve Prolapse Aortic Valve Stenosis Pericarditis Bicuspid Aortic Valve 

Recommended Reading
Mitral Valve Disease and Replacement - Animation
Slide and animation on 'Mitral Valve Disease and Replacement' describing the anatomy, function of ....
Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of ...
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Bicuspid aortic valve is a congenital condition where the aortic valve has only two leaflets instead...
Congenital Heart Disease
Heart diseases that are present at birth are called “ Congenital heart diseases”....
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve...
Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Mitral Valve Replacement
Mitral valve replacement is replacing the diseased mitral valve with an artificial valve....
Pericarditis
Pericarditis occurs when the pericardium gets inflamed. Pericarditis is characterized by severe ches...
Statins
Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms bu...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use