Patient Webinar: Advances in Heart Valve Repair

Patients diagnosed with heart valve disease are often confused about the use of heart valve repair techniques for cardiac valve disorders including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. To help educate and empower patients about heart valve repairs (also known as heart valve reconstruction), hosted a live webinar with over 200 patients. The featured speakers of this event included Dr. Pavan Atluri, Director of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Cardiac Surgery at Penn Medicine Heart & Vascular Center, and Dr. Wilson Szeto, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Adam Pick, the patient who started in 2006. This webinar addressed many important and overlooked considerations for the use of heart valve repair techniques while answering many key questions including: Are there patient advantages and benefits of heart valve repair techniques compared to heart valve replacement? Can repair operations return patients to a life expectancy that is normal? Which types of valve disease are repair-able? Can minimally-invasive and transcatheter repair approaches treat diseased heart valves? What should patients know about new heart valve repair technologies in clinical research studies? At the end of the webinar video, you will see a live "Questions & Answers" session that enabled patients to ask their questions to Dr. Szeto and Dr. Atluri about heart valve repair surgery. (Video posted on January 25, 2021)

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Dr. Wilson Szeto

Dr. Wilson Szeto

Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery
Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

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