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At Stanford Medicine, we see a future where we can predict, prevent, and cure cardiovascular disease. Every day, our experts work to make this vision a reality. Stanford Health Care has a long history of defining the standard of care in heart and vascular medicine. We focus on a wide range of cardiovascular innovations, including:
Advancing aorta repair and replacement: As the largest aortic emergency practice in California, we have extensive experience helping people with conditions and diseases that affect the aorta. We use a holistic, collaborative approach to provide immediate treatments and lifelong care.
Determining the cause of heart disease: Identifying the root causes of heart disease helps us provide more effective treatments. Our team studies the latest advances in technology, such as the potential uses of the gene-editing tool CRISPR. We’re discovering how this groundbreaking technology can prevent heart disease by altering disease-causing DNA.
Delivering care for complex conditions: We’ve developed new cardiovascular revascularization options for people who have had complications from previous procedures.
Expanding access to minimally invasive treatments: We explore safe and effective ways to make minimally invasive treatments available to more people with cardiovascular disease.
Using stem cell therapy: Our team explores using stem cell technology to replace damaged heart tissue and develop new drugs to treat heart disease.
Innovation Through Clinical Research
The Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) ignites new research and promotes collaboration between Stanford students, faculty, and scientists. Leading cardiovascular experts, engineers, educators, and physicians come together to investigate groundbreaking treatments using revolutionary technology. At the CVI, we focus on what’s next in cardiovascular science while training the next generation of leaders in heart and vascular care.
Stanford Medicine researchers and doctors have discovered, invented, and implemented a wide range of revolutionary techniques and treatments. Hospitals across the country now use many of these therapies to manage and treat heart and vascular disease. Highlights of our many contributions to cardiovascular medicine include:
Pioneering new techniques: In 2017, Stanford Health Care performed the first beating heart mitral valve repair procedure in the West. This minimally invasive technique treats mitral regurgitation without the need for open-heart surgery.
Offering groundbreaking treatments: A Stanford Medicine cardiothoracic surgeon invented the TT-Maze procedure, a minimally invasive procedure that treats atrial fibrillation. Hospitals around the nation now use this technique. Our team was the first in Northern California to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This minimally invasive procedure corrects valve problems without the need for open surgery.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently recruiting participants or that may recruit participants in the near future. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but similar studies may open in the future.
Learn the Latest in Heart Disease Research: A Conversation with Dr. Wu, Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, is the director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. In this video, he discusses the latest cutting-edge technology and research in cardiovascular disease and what sets Stanford apart from other research institutions.
Ask the Heart Expert: Advanced Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Therapies
Mitral valve disease is one of the most common heart valve problems, and tricuspid valve disease is a growing concern. Stanford Medicine has several clinical trials exploring new minimally invasive heart valve treatments.
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