“Stents” for Valves Continues to Evolve

This past week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Edwards LifeSciences Sapien 3 trans-catheter heart valve (image 1) for use in patients who are at intermediate risk for complications from traditional open valve surgery. What does this mean? Well, a decade ago the only solution for patient with aortic valve stenosis was open valve surgery [...]

By |2017-06-12T10:39:31-04:00August 20th, 2016|Structural heart disease|

The Arrival of the Organic Stent

When I was a cardiology fellow in Philadelphia in 2003 I was fortunate to be one of the first physicians in the country to implant a first of its kind CYPHER drug coated stent. Prior to the advent of drug coated stents, patients received bare metal stents that were mired with the achilles heel of [...]

By |2017-04-06T13:30:14-04:00August 15th, 2016|Featured|
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