Thursday, February 21, 2013

CoreValve trial brings nonsurgical valve repair to Loyola

Aortic valve disease can be fatal if left untreated. While many strides have been made in treating this condition with traditional open-heart surgery, there may  be other treatment options in the future.

Loyola is one of 40 medical centers across the U.S. to be selected for the CoreValve trial. In this study, participants will undergo an alternative procedure in which an artificial valve is deployed with a catheter.

Cardiac surgeon Mamdouh Bakhos, MD, and interventional cardiologist Fred Leya, MD, explain the benefits of the procedure. If the procedure is successful and receives FDA approval, Dr. Leya says, it would be "one of the greatest advancements" in treating patients with critically blocked aortic valves.

For an appointment or more information, please call (888) LUHS-888, (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.