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University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center studies new treatment for high-risk aortic patients
Date:3/9/2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, a leader in heart valve replacement, will participate in a national clinical trial to offer patients a less invasive approach to replacing diseased aortic valves.

The nationally ranked U-M is among 40 sites in the nation selected for the Medtronic CoreValve U.S. Pivotal trial, a study that will examine an investigational alternative to open heart surgery for patients with severe aortic stenosis.

About 100,000 Americans, most of them over the age of 70, are diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis each year, but one-third of patients, because of age or frail health, are considered too high-risk for traditional surgery.

"Through this trial we are investigating a minimally invasive procedure for the thousands of patients diagnosed each year with severe aortic stenosis," says U-M cardiac surgeon G. Michael Deeb, the Herbert Sloan Collegiate professor of surgery. "There is a tremendous unmet need for a safe and effective treatment that will help them live longer and feel better."

It's not uncommon for patients to experience chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, feel faint with activity, and suffer heart palpitations. As the population ages, more Americans will be susceptible to aortic stenosis, he says.

Aortic stenosis is a condition where the aortic valve narrows, thereby limiting blood flow from the aorta to the rest of the body. Left untreated, aortic valve stenosis can lead to serious heart problems, including heart failure and even death.

The U-M study team will be lead by Stanley J. Chetcuti, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, Paul Michael Grossman, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, G. Michael Deeb, M.D., Herbert Sloan Collegiate professor of surgery, and Himanshu J. Patel, M.D., associate professor of surgery.

They are among the experts in the U-M aortic program that performs over 500 surgi
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Contact: Shantell M. Kirkendoll
smkirk@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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