For the first time, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have confirmed that bone--similar to that found in the human skeleton--is present in a substantial portion of diseased heart valves. This finding, which sets the stage for more in-depth research on the biochemical process by which valves transform into bone, could lead to the development of therapies to prevent or treat heart-valve disease. The broader problem of valve calcification is the leading reason for heart-valve-replacement surgery. According to the American Heart Association, more than 71,000 Americans required the life-saving procedure in 1995.
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