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New tiny pediatric heart valve will save lives

April 13, 2018

Image of baby with heart defect.

Heart defects in babies need to be detected and treated quickly.

A tiny heart valve (the size of a dime), small enough to be put in the heart of a newborn baby, has been given approval to be used in very young children with severe heart defects. Larger sizes have been on the market for a long time, but the medical device market has underserved children, which leaves pediatric heart surgeons with fewer options than those who operate on adults. This new little live-saving device has the potential to increase survival rates in the youngest patients to almost 70% at one year after the device is implanted.

It is important that doctors recognize heart defects in babies early so life saving treatments can be provided before it is too late.  If your baby’s heart defect was not timely diagnosed by an Army, Navy or Air Force doctor, we can help.  You may call us at 1-877-695-8757 (24/7), e-mail us at: LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com, or by filling out the short form on the right side of this page.

Source and to read more: http://www.startribune.com/pediatric-heart-valve-invented-by-st-jude-medical-ok-d-by-fda

Photo credit: Dmitry Naumov @stock.adobe.com


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