Aortic Valve Replacement
An innovative artificial valve recently approved by the FDA offers new hope for those with a serious heart condition who can’t undergo open heart surgery. The valve implantation procedure currently being tested at Cedars-Sinai’s Heart Institute and featured in this video involves placing an artificial valve inside a thin tube, or catheter, which is then inserted through a small incision. The catheter is threaded along the arteries all the way to the heart, where the artificial valve is precisely positioned inside the patient’s defective aortic valve and deployed. For more about this treatment and its impact on patients, read former professional rollerskater Constance Alexander’s story, Skate of Grace, in the Summer 2011 edition of Discoveries magazine.