In a first, U.S. patient’s mitral heart valve replaced on tip of a catheter

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, April 4, 2015] Bob Hatzenbeller walked out of a Minneapolis hospital on Monday with a new mitral valve in his heart and no massive scar on his chest.

It was a landmark occasion, at least for diseases of the mitral valve. Hatzenbeller became the first human patient in the United States to have a mitral valve implanted deep in his heart using a pioneering technique that didn’t require doctors to stop his heart during the operation.

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