Dr. Luis Castro of Sequoia Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute Named 'Featured Heart Valve Surgeon' At HeartValveSurgery.com

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Leading Patient Advocacy Website Celebrates Dr. Luis Castro For Cardiac Achievements Including Over 3,000 Successful Valve Procedures.

Dr. Luis Castro - Heart Surgeon

For me, there is no better feeling than being recognized by my patients,” notes Dr. Luis Castro.

HeartValveSurgery.com, the largest online resource and community of patients with heart valve disease, announced today that Dr. Luis Castro has been named its current ‘Featured Heart Valve Surgeon’.

Dr. Castro is the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Sequoia Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute. For the past five years, Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute has been at the 100th percentile for aortic valve survival and mitral valve replacement survival, according to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database.

“During his 25-year career, Dr. Castro has performed over 3,000 successful heart valve surgeries,” stated Adam Pick, founder of HeartValveSurgery.com and author of The Patient’s Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. “Many patients from our community – including Tracy Collins, Gary Norris and Shelly Gould -- have had excellent surgical results thanks to this extraordinary surgeon.”

Shelly Gould, a former mitral valve repair patient, recently stated, “Dr. Castro has a reassuring voice and a kind smile. I never felt like a statistic or just another patient in his care. If I was to need surgery again, there would be no doubt I would only want Dr. Castro leaving his fingerprints on my heart."

With this announcement, Dr. Castro joins an elite group of surgeons who have received ‘Featured Heart Valve Surgeon’ status at HeartValveSurgery.com. To celebrate Dr. Castro, the website will highlight Dr. Castro’s accomplishments across its interactive platform which includes a surgeon finder, a heart valve clinic directory, educational videos, an interactive blog and a social network.

During 2011, HeartValveSurgery.com received 1.2 million visits while expanding its online library to over 10,000 pages of free information.

“For me, there is no better feeling than being recognized by my patients,” notes Dr. Castro. “I am fortunate to be part of an incredible team at Sequoia Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute.”

To see Dr. Castro’s feature post at HeartValveSurgery.com, please visit http://www.HeartValveSurgery.com/Castro.

About HeartValveSurgery.com

Founded in 2006, HeartValveSurgery.com has helped millions of patients and caregivers better understand the potential challenges and opportunities of heart valve surgery from the patient perspective. This website provides a trusted, end-to-end platform for patient education and empowerment including a surgeon finder, a social network, videos, an interactive blog and a heart valve clinic directory to support patients before, during and after heart valve surgery.

For more, please visit http://www.HeartValveSurgery.com.

About Sequoia Hospital

Sequoia Hospital, a Dignity Health Member, is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Recognized for superior and sustained clinical quality, the hospital received the 2012 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ and the 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from HealthGrades®, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

A nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is designated as a 2012 Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. Sequoia was also voted “A Family Favorite 2012 Best Birth Center and Best Hospital” by readers of Bay Area Parent magazine. Sequoia Hospital is rebuilding a state-of-the-art medical campus, including modernized emergency services and a new pavilion with three floors of larger, private patient rooms.

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Contact HeartValveSurgery.com:
Robyn Podell, Director of Communications
robyn@heartvalvesurgery.com
(310) 721-0587

Contact Sequoia Hospital:
Joanie Cavanaugh, Director of Marketing & Communications
Joanie.Cavanaugh@dignityhealth.org
(650) 482-6071

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