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What is the latest research on PDA? 

Complementing the Cardiovascular Program of Boston Children's Hospital is the nation's most intensive clinical and basic research program focused on pediatric heart disease. Children's is a world leader in opening new avenues of "translational research," bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and doctor's office as quickly as possible. All senior medical staff members of the Cardiovascular Program participate in clinical research activities. 

Boston Children's has pioneered interventional catheterization repair of many types of congenital heart defects, including patent ductus arteriosus. In many cases, this eliminates the need for open-heart surgery, allowing less pain, reduced chance of infection and shorter recovery time. Research also continues on the design and creation of heart valves using a patient's own tissue.

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