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TCT: Heart Device Lowers Chance of Stroke in AFib

LAA occlusion feasible with Amplatzer plug in cardiac patients with intracranial bleeding by Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today SAN FRANCISCO — Patients with previous brain hemorrhages and diagnosed atrial fibrillation reduced their risk of subsequent strokes after undergoing left atrial

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International honor for a greek university clinic of Cardiology

The first place among the most prestigious, internationally, Heart Centre Royal Brompton Hospital in London and Bakulev Scientific Center of Moscow, won, the group of the first Clinic of the Cardiology Department of Medicine, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

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Role of MSCT in LAAO

Is there a role in of MSCT prior to the LAA Occlusion procedure? And in post procedure care? What is the role of Multislice Computed Tomography; does is add value or is it a cumbersome extra step? What it takes

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Atrial fibrillation stroke prevention: a novel operation.

On April 26 2013, for the first time in Greece, we performed an operation for atrial fibrillation stroke prevention. The procedure is called “percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion” and a special device is used. The 76-year-old patient who underwent the operation has

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Successful percutaneous bioprosthetic Medtronic CoreValve implantation (TAVI) in a very high surgical risk patient

On December 19, 2012 we successfully implanted the bioprosthetic valve Medtronic CoreValve in a 76-year-old female patient who was suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis, and was very symptomatic (dyspnea, angina) with minimal physical activity. Due to previous heart surgery and

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Successful percutaneous bioprosthetic Melody valve implantation in a very high surgical risk patient

On September 14, 2012 we successfully implanted the bioprosthetic Melody valve  in a 28 year old female patient who was suffering from severe pulmonary valve insufficiency (conduit failure). The patient was considered of very high surgical risk due to multiple (7)

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Melody valve

Percutaneous implantation of Melody valve The intervention is usually done in patients who have previously had surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and developed degeneration of their conduit (graft). The Melody valve is bioprosthetic and is placed through a special catheter

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Interventional cardiology for valvular heart disease

Percutaneous interventions for valvular heart disease The major interventions performed in patients with valvular heart disease are: Percutaneous valvuloplasty in mitral valve stenosis If a patient suffers from the mitral valve stenosis without serious problem in another valve or the

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Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAA)

Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAA) Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is an invasive technique that has been developed recently and has shown very promising results in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The procedure is performed in

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Interventional cardiology for congenital heart disease

Congenital heart disease – Modern treatment options In the cath lab we can treat a significant number of congenital heart diseases. An important prerequisite before the procedure, is an accurate diagnosis and discussion of the individual patient with a team

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Contact Info

Apostolos Tzikas, MD, PhD, FESC
Interventional Cardiologist
Thessaloniki - Center,
88 Tsimiski St., 6th floor
Tel (morning): 2310.380.189,
Tel (afternoon): 2310.263.060
Fax: 2310.341.828
E-Mail: [email protected]
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