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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cardiologists with The Christ Hospital are First in Greater Cincinnati Region to Perform Heart Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery

Physicians at The Christ Hospital are first to bring pioneering technology to Greater Cincinnati that may provide a treatment option for patients with a common heart valve disorder who do not qualify for surgery. The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital (Lindner Research Center) is one of 20+ sites in the U.S. to participate in an investigational research trial using a novel therapy to treat severe aortic stenosis (AS), a condition that affects nearly 1.5 million Americans. The PARTNER (Placement of AoRTic traNscathetER valves) II Trial will evaluate transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), using the Edwards SAPIEN XT valve, in patients who are considered to be at high risk or inoperable for traditional valve replacement using open-heart surgery. The Christ Hospital is the only PARTNER II study site between Cleveland, Oh. and Atlanta, Ga.

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