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El Camino Hospital Announces First Implant in Clinical Trial to Evaluate Revolutionary Heart Valve Procedure
Date:12/21/2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 21 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- El Camino Hospital today announced its first patient implant in the Medtronic CoreValve® U.S. Clinical Trial. El Camino Hospital is one of the first of 40 hospitals across the U.S. to participate in the trial, which is evaluating a revolutionary non-surgical, less-invasive procedure as a treatment alternative to open-heart surgery for patients with severe aortic stenosis.

"The Heart and Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital is proud to have been chosen among a very select group of leading hospitals across the nation to participate in the CoreValve Trial," said Dr. James Joye, Co-primary investigator (PI) of the CoreValve study and Director of Research and Education for the Heart & Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital. "The CoreValve technology and the ability to perform aortic valve replacement without open heart surgery represent the most significant advance in valvular heart disease in decades. Combined with our involvement with the clinical evaluation of the percutaneous mitral valve repair, the addition of CoreValve uniquely distinguishes The Heart and Vascular Institute as an epicenter for minimally invasive heart valve intervention."

Aortic stenosis prevents the heart's aortic valve from opening completely, thereby preventing healthy blood flow from the aorta to the rest of the body. Untreated, aortic valve stenosis leads to serious heart problems. Worldwide, approximately 300,000 people have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis (100,000 in the U.S.), and approximately one-third of these patients are deemed at too high a risk for open-heart surgery(i), the only therapy with significant clinical effect that is currently available in the United States.

In the clinical trial, physicians channel a catheter (thin tube) with a porcine, prosthetic valve through a small opening in the patient's femoral artery to reach the heart. The physician guides the CoreValve System to the
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