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MitraClip (Part II): Now For Leaking Tricuspid Valves?

Big News!!!

In case you missed it, there’s been LOTS of new information flying across the Internet about the use of the minimally invasive MitraClip for… tricuspid valve regurgitation.

That’s right! Let me repeat!  The MitraClip, which is typically used as a transcatheter mitral valve repair device, is now being implanted to help patients with leaking tricuspid valves! If you didn’t know, the MitraClip requires no incision to the patient’s sternum or ribs.


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5 Important Facts About the Heart-Lung Machine

For most patients needing heart valve surgery, a heart-lung machine is typically used during the operation. As you may know, the heart-lung machine enables the surgeon to stop and cool the heart so the valve can be fixed while the heart is not beating.


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Dr. Patrick McCarthy Is First Surgeon to Receive 100 Patient Reviews at HVS!

I am happy and honored to announce that Dr. Patrick McCarthy just became the first surgeon at to receive 100 patient testimonials at his surgeon profile!!!

That’s right… 100 patients have posted wonderful, authentic and celebratory reviews for Dr. McCarthy and his team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

If you didn’t know… Dr. McCarthy is a heart valve guru. During his career, Dr. McCarthy has performed over 10,000 cardiac procedures of which 4,000 involved heart valve therapy. In addition, Dr. McCarthy invented several heart valve devices, has been featured in over 450 publications and… He’s a super nice guy who has built a passionate team that is dedicated to enhancing patient experiences — before, during and after surgery.

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3 Patient Tips For Great Mitral Valve Surgery Results

I’m a big fan of simple and thoughtful advice for patients. So, when I learned about this new study, “Relation of Mitral Valve Surgery Volume to Repair Rate, Durability & Survival”, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, I wanted to share it with our community.

The study, which is featured at Consumer Reports, reveals that patients who chose surgeons with deep experience in performing a complex mitral valve procedure have a better chance of living longer and not needing additional procedures to correct the problem.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Joanna Chikwe, stated, “The very high volume surgeons tended to have outstanding outcomes”.

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Facebook Live Event: Let’s Talk About Heart Valve Disease!

I love patient education! I also really love real-time patient education!

That said, I’m excited to announce a Facebook Live event dedicated to heart valve disease!

Dr. Patrick McCarthy, executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Charles Davidson, medical director at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, will be answering your questions LIVE at from 4 to 4:30 pm CST next Tuesday, August 15.



Join the discussion by logging into next Tuesday at 4pm CST to learn more about valve disease.  You can also post questions here – the doctors will try to answer your questions during the live event.

Keep on tickin!

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