Online health chats at Cleveland Clinic in January



Once again, I bring you information on the upcoming heart(y) topics at the Cleveland Clinic Online Health Chats. Ask questions about your heart health and get answers from experts – for free! Here are some upcoming events on heart disease and stroke for January:

Mitral Valve and Aortic Valve Surgery – Minimally Invasive Approaches at the Cutting Edge
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – 12 noon (EST)
Ask questions on how to battle the heart disease monster. This live web chat is hosted by Dr. Marc Gillinov, a heart surgeon who holds the position of Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Gillinov has special expertise in minimally invasive mitral valve, aortic valve, and tricuspid valve surgery; robotic valve surgery; mitral valve repair; aortic valve replacement; surgical treatment and minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation; off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery and high-risk mitral valve surgery.

Treatment Options in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Friday, January 9, 2009, 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. (EST)
Ask questions on how to battle the stroke monster. In this chat session, your questions will be answered by Dr. Rishi Gupta, who is a member of the Cerebrovascular Center in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Gupta specializes in the management and treatment of ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), dural fistulas, carotid artery stenosis, intracranial stenosis, spinal AVMs, epistaxis and preoperative tumor embolization.

Latest Innovations in Heart Care: Stem Cell, Percutaneous Advances, New Stents
The safety of drugs, stents, heart implants, and other therapies has been a big issue in recent years. Dr. Stephen G. Ellis, an interventional cardiologist, will answer your questions on the latest interventional treatments and innovations.
Dr. Ellis is the Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology and Director of the Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. His principal clinical interests are complex coronary interventions, novel treatments for inoperable patients and studies to better understand the basis of disease.

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is located in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic hospital that integrates hospital care with research and education. It is one of the US’ top hospitals. It has been ranked no.1 in heart care by the U.S. News & World Report survey – for the 14th year in a row! It was also ranked as 4th best American hospital overall this year. The survey evaluated 5,453 hospitals across the US.

How to participate
Go to the Cleveland Clinic Chats site and create an account.

You can start submitting your questions the day before.

On the day of the scheduled event, log in well in time. You can also ask questions on that same day.

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