It's happening now- thanks to one of the most promising new procedures, called TAVR. With Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, doctors need no more than a small incision to send a device to the heart valve, saving many patients with severe narrowing of the aortic valve. Once the device is placed and doing its work, the only outward sign is a small puncture mark that doctors can cover with an adhesive strip.
Cardiac experts at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital helped pioneer and test TAVR. Learn more about it in the video below.