Carilion Clinic Partners with HeartValveSurgery.com to Educate Heart Valve Disease Patients

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Distinguished Regional Cardiac Program and Patient Advocacy Website Join Forces To Raise Awareness To Heart Valve Disorders

Partnership of Carilion Clinic & HeartValveSurgery.com

Carilion Clinic & HeartValveSurgery.com Announce Partnership

Together, I believe we will further enhance the surgical outcomes of the patient population,” stated Dr. Baker, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Carilion Clinic, who has performed over 1,500 heart valve procedures during his 23-year career.

HeartValveSurgery.com, the largest educational resource and community of patients with heart valve disease, announced today that Carilion Clinic’s Structural Heart & Valve Center has become its newest sponsor.

“For more than 30 years, Carilion Clinic has helped patients needing cardiac care,” stated Adam Pick, a former patient who founded HeartValveSurgery.com in 2006. “In our community, Carilion has treated many heart valve patients including Michael Siska and Bobby Broughman.”

Carilion Clinic, which performs over 400 open heart procedures each year, is widely recognized as one of Virginia’s top hospitals for heart surgery volume and innovation. Specific to valve therapy, Carilion takes a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, with every patient benefiting from the collaborative expertise of its expert team of cardiologists and heart surgeons. Carilion also offers select patients transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new procedure for patients with severe aortic stenosis, which requires no incision to the sternum or ribs.

“Our therapeutic approach begins with the patient,” stated Jason Foerst, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Carilion’s Structural Heart & Valve Center. “HeartValveSurgery.com helps educate our patients, their families and friends – from diagnosis to recovery. We are very excited to launch this partnership.”

Earlier this morning, HeartValveSurgery.com launched a new Heart Hospital Microsite featuring Carilion Clinic. The microsite provides a simple interface with robust multimedia capabilities to help patients and caregivers learn about Carilion’s unique cardiac competencies. To see the microsite, please click here.

In addition, HeartValveSurgery.com launched two Interactive Surgeon Profiles for Dr. Joseph Baker and Dr. Joseph Rowe, who specialize in heart valve surgery.

“Together, I believe we will further enhance the surgical outcomes of the patient population,” stated Dr. Baker, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Carilion Clinic, who has performed over 1,500 heart valve procedures during his 23-year career.

About HeartValveSurgery.com

Founded in 2006, HeartValveSurgery.com offers patients an end-to-end platform for learning about heart valve repair and heart valve replacement surgery. The platform includes a social network, a surgeon finder, a heart hospital directory, an interactive blog, a book and a new educational video library. To learn more, please visit http://www.HeartValveSurgery.com.

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

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