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New procedure treats atrial fibrillation
Washington University doctors are performing a new procedure to treat atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver instead of beat effectively. During the new hybrid procedure, doctors have access to both the inside and the outside of the heart, helping to better block the erratic electrical signals that cause the heart to misfire.
New heart valve without major surgery
Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere have demonstrated that an investigational device, which uses a catheter to implant a uniquely designed replacement aortic valve, can make valve replacement an option for patients with aortic stenosis who are not suitable candidates for surgery.
Treatment filters bad cholesterol out of blood
For some patients who are genetically prone to extremely high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, diet, exercise, even drugs, aren't enough. Renowned cholesterol expert Anne Carol Goldberg discusses a sophisticated treatment option now available in St. Louis. The procedure, LDL aphersis, filters bad cholesterol out of the blood.
Clinic devoted to treating deadly, silent heart condition
WUSM physician Keith Mankowitz directs the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic at Washington University. It is one of the few clinics devoted solely to this heart disorder, which is a prominent cause of sudden death in young athletes.
Heart valve replacement without open-heart surgery
Aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve, affects more than 200,000 Americans each year. A new type of heart valve replacement being researched at Washington University School of Medicine may relieve this condition without the need for open-heart surgery.
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