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"Advancements in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Therapy" Webinar Announced By Northwestern Memorial Hospital and


Distinguished Cardiac Center and Leading Patient-Advocacy Website to Host Free Educational Webinar on November 7, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) October 25, 2012, the largest educational resource for patients with heart valve disease, announced today that a special one-hour webinar titled, “Advancements in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Therapy” will be held on November 7, 2012 at 12pm (CST). You can register now by clicking here.

“The ability to replace diseased aortic valves without open heart surgery is not only possible, it is now FDA-approved for select patient segments,” notes Adam Pick, founder of and a double heart valve replacement patient. “While there is much excitement about TAVI, the patients and caregivers in our community still have questions about this new technology used to treat severe aortic stenosis.”

To answer those questions, Dr. Charles J. Davidson, an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie, a cardiac surgeon, both from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will host a live educational webinar on November 7, 2012 at 12pm (CST).

Northwestern Memorial Hospital participated in the clinical trials that led to the FDA-approval of the first TAVI device for inoperable patients in 2011. Collectively, the physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have implanted over 150 TAVI devices.

“Our ability to educate patients about TAVI -- using an interactive webinar -- is beyond helpful,” notes Dr. Malaisrie. “Both Dr. Davidson and myself look forward to sharing our research and clinical experience with patients and caregivers during this event.”

You can register for this free event at

Founded by Adam Pick in 2006, has helped millions of patients better understand the potential challenges and opportunities of heart valve surgery. This unique website includes a social network, a surgeon finder, a valve clinic directory, an interactive blog, educational videos and a book.

During 2011, received 1.2 million visits while expanding its online library to over 10,000 pages of educational and user-generated content.

About Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the parent of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, a 205-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital comprises 894 beds, 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial possesses nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. It is also listed in 13 clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 “America's Best Hospitals” guide and ranks No. 1 in Chicago in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals metro area rankings. For 12 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 13 years.

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Contact information:

Robyn Podell, Director of Communications
(310) 721-0587

Contact Northwestern Memorial Hospital:
Todd Medland
Senior Associate, Media Relations
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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