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The Story of the Heart Valve

Over the last several years, a rising incidence of valvular heart disease has spurred increased interest in discovering new, more effective ways to treat this type of cardiovascular disease that many worry often goes undiagnosed. The disease can afflict people at any age and is sometimes congenital, though its most often seen as an affliction of the elderly. As the world’s population ages, the prevalence and costs of treating those impacted by valve disease will rise significantly, making the work of Texas Heart Institute more and more critical.