A Jerusalem hospital performed a groundbreaking cardiac procedure.
Shaare Zedek Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Israel to successfully replace heart valves using cardiac catheterization, the hospital announced Wednesday.
The procedure, performed under the direction of Dr. Yaron Almagor, the director of interventional cardiology of the Jesselson Heart Center at Shaare Zedek, involved threading artificial implants through an artery and into the heart. This allows some cardiac patients to avoid open-heart surgeries, which come with a heightened risk for complications and long recovery periods.
The procedure is being performed in a few hospitals around the world. The Jerusalem hospital’s cardiology teams studied the technique, which requires only small incisions, with Greek and French cardiologists.