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Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center Surgeon Pioneers Use of Heart Valve Repair Ring
Date:6/17/2011

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Gerdisch and other physicians credit the Contour 3D Ring's true anatomical profile as a major benefit.

"This is the only remodeling ring that matches the shape of a healthy tricuspid valve, as determined through computed tomography (CT) images of normal tricuspid valves," said Aubrey Galloway, M.D., chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City,  who was the lead clinician creating the new ring. "This will minimize stress of the valve leaflets and optimize valve function."

"We are pleased to offer surgeons a new option for treating their patients with tricuspid valve disease," said Shawn Monaghan, vice president of Surgical Based Therapies for the Medtronic Structural Heart business. "The response from surgeons for the device's three-dimensional remodeling and true anatomical profile has been very positive."

About St. Francis Heart Center

The St. Francis Heart Center, located at Franciscan St. Francis Health—Indianapolis Hospital, is dedicated to providing patients with the region's most comprehensive heart and vascular services. The commitment of physicians to the prevention and cure of heart disease has led to innovative care, better outcomes and improved quality of life for patients. For more information, go to www.MyHeartCare.net.

About Franciscan St. Francis Health

With three hospitals in south-central Indiana, Franciscan St. Francis Health is a member of the Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest with 13 growing hospitals and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Health Care Excellence. Franciscan Alliance includes: Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point, Ind.; Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City, Ind.; Franciscan St. Eliza
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