As we’ve pointed out in past blog posts, aortic stenosis refers to the narrowing of the aortic valve. This is most commonly caused by the simple wear and tear of aging. As people age, calcium builds up in the valve, causing it to narrow and restrict blood flow from the heart to the body. Recently, Fox 5 News featured Emory on a news piece describing our work with a new, minimally invasive procedure that is showing great promise in the treatment of this condition.
For more details, you can view the news clip here:
About Vasilis Babaliaros, MD:
Dr. Babaliaros specializes in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and his areas of clinical interest are cardiology-interventional, valve disease, and valve repair/replacement. He received his Biomedical Engineering degree at Duke University (1992), his MD degree at Emory University (1996), and completed his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Emory (2003). In 2004, he completed fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology at Emory University and then continued sub-specialty training in Valvular Interventional Cardiology under Alain Cribier MD at the University of Rouen, France (2005). He joined the faculty working with Peter Block MD as the Associate Director of the Emory Center for Valvular Intervention and Structural Heart Disease Treatment in 2006.