Newer Heart Surgery for Infants Offers First-Year Survival Benefit over Traditional Procedure – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study of 549 newborns, researchers suggest that two surgical procedures for infants born with a severely underdeveloped heart yield similar results after the first year. Dr. Gail Pearson at NHLBI.
Pearson: Both procedures were being used to some extent, but surgeons realized that there were pluses and minuses to both of them. And also realized that they wanted to apply some scientific method to this and figure out which surgical procedure might be better.
Narrator: Experts say this kind of rigorous comparison is critical to fully understanding the risks and benefits of different procedures. For details on the study, visit nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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