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Unique Bypass is Rare, New Treatment for People with Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis
Date:5/5/2009

io Garrido, M.D., surgical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Abington Memorial Hospital and leader of the Aortic Valve Bypass Program. "This operation is consistent with our basic philosophy to be as unintrusive as possible."

During the operation, a five-inch opening is made on the left side of the chest. Most of the heart's blood flow is diverted through a tube containing a replacement valve which is placed at the pointed tip at the bottom of the heart and connected to the aorta. The result is that blood leaving the heart can flow freely through this new connection to properly supply the entire body.

"The beauty of this procedure is that it gives high-risk patients an alternative to conventional surgery," says Nancy Bierowski, B.S.N., R.N.F.A., operating room coordinator for the Heart Rhythm Center. "By bypassing the narrowed valve with tubing containing a new valve, normal blood flow can easily be restored to the body."

"This procedure is ideal for patients who have had prior cardiac surgery and are not candidates for conventional valve surgery, and for older patients who may experience side effects from having their heart stopped on the heart-lung machine," says Vicky Reynolds, C.R.N.P., clinical coordinator for the Aortic Valve Bypass Program.

Before his surgery, 77-year-old Joe Rostich of Ambler, PA, had continuous shortness of breath which limited his ability to work around the house. "Doctors told me my valve was ready to close," Rostich said. Statistics show that four out of five patients with untreated symptomatic aortic valve stenosis die within three years after diagnosis.

"Patients are often surprised to learn that aortic valve stenosis is not unlike cancer in that it is such an aggressive deadly disease. Luckily there is a cure," says Garrido.

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