Leading cardiologists Florida participated in a study whose results were published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. This study involved over 203 patients over the age of 75 who were in need of a heart valve repair surgery. Of all study participants, 84 received the traditional open heart procedure while the other 119 received the minimally invasive one. The researchers found that the patients who received the less invasive valve repair had “dramatically” fewer kidney failures, fewer infections and shorter hospital stays.
"Studies have been done comparing the two procedures before, but only on a younger patient population," said Dr. Joseph Lamelas, Chief of Cardiac Surgery atand part of the study. "This is challenging the conventional wisdom that these patients are too old to undergo valve surgery, that they must simply live with their condition and accept diminished quality of life.”