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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.