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93-year-old Eugenie Kaye is quite a character. As a young woman, she was a member of the Czech national swim team and qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics with the fastest time-only to be barred from competing by the Nazis because her swim club was a Jewish organization. She escaped Czechoslovakia just before Hitler occupied her country. Sadly, her family was not so fortunate. They all perished in Auschwitz. Read More

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Treatment for Aortic Valve Disease - Now and in the Future "Approval of the SAPIEN transcatheter aortic heart valve was a monumental event on par with FDA approval of the bare metal stent in 1994." - Martin B. Leon, MD Read Article

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Valve Centers: Leaders in Innovative Approaches and Interdisciplinary Care Combining the expertise of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and cardiac imaging specialists, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has established leading centers in cardiac valve procedures at each of its main campuses. Read Article

Remarks of Dr. Craig Smith - Past President, American Association for Thoracic Surgery At the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery held in May 2012 in San Francisco, Craig R. Smith, MD, Chairman of Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, addressed the attendees as outgoing President (2011-2012). Reflecting on a wide range of subjects, Dr. Smith also commented on advances and innovations in surgery and medicine today and, as one example, transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Read Article

Cardiac Arrhythmias: Investigating Mechanisms of Action"Because of the complexity of electrophysiological dynamics we use a hybrid approach that combines computational, experimental, and clinical methods to bridge the gap between physics and biology," Read Article

Bedside to Bench...and Back Again: A Case Study on Controlling Symptoms of Long QT Syndrome Four years ago, a newborn was transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for treatment of a severe arrhythmia. The full-term infant boy had normal heart structure but a prenatal history significant for fetal bradycardia of unclear etiology. There was no family history of arrhythmias, long QT syndrome, or sudden death. "The baby was having multiple episodes of ventricular tachycardia daily," recalls Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Clinical Genetics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. "He was arresting at least once a day, and had such a malignant type of arrhythmia that within the first month of life he had a defibrillator implanted and required defibrillation several times a month." Read Article

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