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Northwestern launches comprehensive program for patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease
Date:7/3/2012

AV is suspected either due to the presence of a heart murmur, which is often the first sign, or because of family history, doctors rely on an echocardiogram ultrasound of the heart to look at the aortic valve and the ascending aorta. BCVI doctors also have access to 4D flow MRI, a novel imaging technique that offers a more comprehensive picture of the heart and the aorta. The advanced imaging lead by Michael Markl, PhD, director of cardiovascular MRI research at BCVI, and his team, allows clinicians to better visualize blood flow through the cardiovascular system and potentially identify higher risk imaging markers by MRI that would warrant closer follow up.

"The decision to proceed with surgery is an important one and should be determined by a team of specialists," said Chris Malaisrie, MD, surgical director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at BCVI. "With timely surgery, life-threatening complications from bicuspid aortic valve can be prevented."


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Contact: Todd Medland
tmedland@nmh.org
312-926-0735
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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