Archive for July, 2009
100TH HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT IMPLANTED WITHOUT OPEN HEART SURGERY AT NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN/COLUMBIAWednesday, July 22nd, 2009
NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia’s Dr. Martin Leon and Dr. Craig Smith lead ongoing multicenter study of heart valve replacement NEW YORK - Over the last four years, heart specialists at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center have implanted an innovative aortic heart valve replacement using a catheter based approach that does not require open heart surgery in a total of 100 patients - the most of any U.S. medical center to date.
Open heart surgery can require a two to three month recovery period, compared to only a few days for the transcatheter approach.
The procedures were conducted as part of multiple clinical research studies of the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve. Currently ongoing is the PARTNER (Placement of AoRTic traNscathetER valves) trial, a Phase 3 multicenter study led by national co-principal investigators Dr. Martin Leon and Dr. Craig Smith and focused on the treatment of patients who are at high risk or not suitable for open heart valve replacement surgery.