Saint Joseph Hospital expands heart care options with first-in-state procedure


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The Saint Joseph Heart Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, has successfully completed a new life-saving heart procedure that can present an alternative for patients who are too ill for open-heart surgery.  Part of a clinical trial, it is the first time in Kentucky the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure has been completed.
The MitraClip is a small metal clip that helps patients with mitral regurgitation (MR), a condition where the heart’s mitral valve leaflets do not close tightly, causing blood to leak into the heart’s left atrium and can lead to advanced heart failure.
This new treatment expands the options for selected patients with MR, especially those who are not candidates for invasive open-heart surgery. The procedure allows doctors to use catheter-based technology to repair the mitral valve, without the need for patients to undergo cardiopulmonary bypass.
WHAT: Interview opportunity regarding new clinical trial heart procedure
WHERE:                Saint Joseph Hospital
1401 Harrodsburg Rd.
Administration - Conference Room 1
WHEN:                 Wednesday, October 9, 2013
9:30 a.m.
WHO:                    Robert Salley, M.D., executive director of Cardiovascular Services
                               Michael Schafer, M.D., interventional cardiologist
                               Doris Vastine, first patient in the state to undergo MitraClip procedure



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