Hussam Suradi, MD – Rush University Medical Center

“Many of the patients that are referred to
me, they suffer from what we call coronary or peripheral arterial disease, which involves
blockages in their vessels. And as an interventional cardiologist, I perform
a wide variety of procedures — minimally invasive procedures — to open up these blocked
arteries. Another part of my specialty in which I have
passion for is what we call structural heart interventions — treating patients with heart
valve problems such as tight or leaky valves or those who are born with birth defects. One of the biggest innovations that we’ve
seen is the treatment of valvular heart disease using minimally invasive catheter-based procedures
without the need to subject patients for open heart surgeries. One of these procedures is called TAVR, it
stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and this involves replacing the aortic valve
without having to have open heart surgery. Because of the minimally invasive nature of
these procedures, we’re able to treat much sicker, much older patients, so that they
would benefit from this technology.”

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