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Centre performs 1,000th transcatheter heart valve procedure

June 5th, 2014
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VANCOUVER, BC, JUNE 5, 2014 – This morning, St. Paul’s (SPH) broadcast a live transcatheter aortic valve implantation – on an awake patient (not under general anesthesia) – to the Transcatheter Valve Therapies Conference taking place June 5-7, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore. The patient was the 1,000th transcatheter heart valve (THV) procedure by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at SPH.

“The Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at St. Paul’s is recognized internationally as a pioneer of innovative, minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedures that provide an alternative for patients who are at higher risk for open-heart surgery,” said Dr. John Webb, Director of Interventional Cardiology at SPH. “By performing this surgery on patients that are awake, we can reduce the stress and risks of surgery, improve results and avoid complications, and allow patients to return home sooner.”

For more information, read the full media release on the Providence Health Care website.

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