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El Camino Hospital Offers New FDA-Approved Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy For Patients Who Are At High Risk To Undergo Open-Heart Surgery
Date:8/14/2014

vanced therapies for the most complex heart conditions and has performed more than 100 CoreValve procedures," said Vincent Gaudiani, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and medical staff member at El Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). "Our deep expertise and optimal outcomes with this innovative procedure uniquely positions us to help more patients in our community achieve better quality of life."

Aortic stenosis is a common heart problem caused by a narrowing of the heart's aortic valve due to excessive calcium deposited on the valve leaflets. When the valve narrows, it does not open or close properly, making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Eventually, this causes the heart to weaken and function poorly, which may lead to heart failure and increased risk for sudden cardiac death.

The CoreValve System replaces a diseased aortic heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure, without open-heart surgery and without surgical removal of the diseased valve. The device is typically inserted via an artery in the leg or upper chest, and then guided through the arteries into the heart. Once in place, the CoreValve System expands and takes over the original valve's function to enable oxygen-rich blood to flow efficiently out of the heart.

The CoreValve System initially was approved by the FDA in January 2014 to treat patients who are too ill or frail to undergo surgery. With this latest approval, El Camino Hospital now also offers the CoreValve System to patients who are considered at high risk for a surgical heart procedure, serving a broader range of U.S. patients than any other transcatheter aortic valve.

The advanced design of the CoreValve System is suitable for patients with native valves of nearly all sizes, and it is delivered through the smallest available delivery system, making it possible to treat patients with vascular systems that are small or difficu
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