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New study discovers nonsurgical way to fix heart valves

A new study is backing a nonsurgical way to fix heart valves.

The study focused on fixing a bad aortic valve -- without open-heart surgery.
Instead, an artificial valve was placed through a catheter.

Survival rates were better one year later for people who had the new procedure.

The results were reported today at an American College of Cardiology conference in Washington.
Several hundred thousand Americans are affected by bad aortic valves.