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St. Francis Hospital to be Part of Major Nationwide Study Using a Catheter-Based Aortic Valve Replacement
Date:1/11/2011

iologist.  Nothing that I have witnessed in the past can change the way we practice interventional cardiology in such a dramatic way," says Dr. Petrossian.

"CoreValve has been used extensively in Europe.  The expectation is that we will be able to treat patients that otherwise we could not have treated, and be able to improve their lifestyles so they can stay out of heart failure for a longer period of time even though they aren't a candidate for surgery," says Dr. Robinson.

The Hospital's Chairman of Cardiology, Richard Shlofmitz, M.D., was instrumental in bringing the study to St. Francis.  He sees a time in the future when the benefits of these innovative devices will be available to a broader segment of patients who are not a high risk for surgery.  "This new approach is likely to have the same impact on the treatment of valvular disease as stenting did on coronary artery disease."

For more information about the study, log on to www.clinicaltrials.gov.  For more information about enrolling in the study, call (516) 562-6790, or visit www.stfrancisheartcenter.com.

Contact: Paul Barry, 516-705-6657, paul.barry@chsli.org

Rosemary Gomez, 516-705-6656, rosemary.gomez@chsli.org

(i) Iung B, Cachier A, Baron G, et al. Decision-making in elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis: why are so many denied surgery? Eur Heart J. 2003;26:2714-2720.


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