April 2012

The Chamber

Physicians and Patients Now Have Two Options for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Emory Healthcare is proud to announce that Emory and Saint Joseph’s Hospital have entered into a formal partnership. The partnership creates the largest, most clinically comprehensive health care system in Georgia. With the alignment of the systems, Emory Healthcare now has five large acute-care facilities in Atlanta and the outlying suburbs. This groundbreaking partnership between two leading health systems offers referring physicians more clinical care and research options for their patients.

Both Emory and Saint Joseph’s now offer Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an innovative procedure to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who may be too frail to undergo traditional surgery. The procedure is performed by interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who work together to place a new valve inside the heart without stopping the heart or opening the chest. Patients generally enjoy an easier recovery following this minimally invasive procedure than with open heart surgery. And because the team at Emory uses the Edwards Sapien balloon-expandable valve and the Saint Joseph’s team uses Medtronic’s self-expanding CoreValve, Emory Healthcare is one of the few health systems that offers placement of both of the transcatheter aortic valves currently under investigation. Read More


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