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

aortic valve, where it self-expands to replace the diseased aortic valve; the procedure is completed without open-heart surgery or surgical removal of the native valve.

"A potentially new era in the treatment of severe aortic stenosis is on the horizon," said Dr. Vincent Gaudiani, Co-PI of the CoreValve study and cardiovascular surgeon at El Camino Hospital. "We are excited to participate in the early clinical evaluation of the CoreValve technology and are hopeful this will become a new treatment option for patients suffering from aortic stenosis. Ultimately the goal is to improve survival rates for these very sick patients, for whom limited therapies are available today."

In the U.S., the CoreValve System will not be commercially available until the successful completion of this clinical trial and approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CoreValve System received CE (Conformite Europeenne) Mark in Europe in 2007.

About Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis, which is most prevalent in the elderly population, inhibits blood flow between the heart and the body and causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and heart palpitations. While the heart initially compensates for stenosis by thickening its walls to help push blood through the valve, eventually this extra work weakens the heart and leads to an insufficient supply of oxygen-rich blood and sometimes causes a back-up of blood into the lungs. Untreated, aortic valve stenosis can lead to serious heart problems including heart failure and even death. Other than surgery, patients with this condition have had few, if any, successful treatment options.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital, ranked among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence by HealthGrades for five consecutive years, is an acute care, 542-bed, not-for-profit and locally-governed organization with campuses in Mountain View an
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