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Bicuspid Aortic Valve Presentation Connects Families with Latest Medical Research

Northwestern Memorial Hospital August 25, 2014

Opportunity for learning and discussion in relaxed setting    

CHICAGO, IL –  Families dealing with Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV), the most common congenital heart defect, will gather with experts in the field to learn about the latest in research at “BAV – Beyond the Basics.”

Scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. September 16 at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the second annual event is presented jointly by the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute; The Heart Center at Lurie Children’s; and the Sarah and Peer Pedersen Family Learning Center at Lurie Children’s.

“BAV – Beyond the Basics is an opportunity to hear what the experts have to say in a setting that is more relaxed than a doctor's office,” said Colleen Clennon, RN, BSN, nurse clinician at the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program and one of the speakers at the event. “This event is great for families since it allows them to spend time learning more about their diagnosis and ensures that they are getting the most current information right from the experts. They’ll also have the opportunity to hear what living with BAV is like from diagnosis to surgery and through the rest of their lives in a more personal way.”

In addition to Clennon, others presenting at the seminar are:
  • Adam Pick, BAV patient, author and founder of
  • Paul Fedak, MD, PhD, director of translational research, Martha and Richard Melman Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program
  • Elizabeth Cappella, APN, division of pediatric cardiology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
The evening includes a question and answer session with both adult and pediatric experts. will record the entire presentation and post it online, making the information available to those who cannot attend.

BAV occurs in approximately one to two percent of the population. The condition is present when the aortic valve that connects the heart to the main artery contains two leaflets instead of three, which open and close to regulate blood flow. As a result, the valve does not function properly, which can cause strain on the heart over time and may lead to serious health complications. 

For more information about the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, visit here.

Northwestern Medicine’s cardiology and heart surgery program, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, ranked 13th nationally in the 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” for cardiology list released in July 2014. For the seventh consecutive year, the report ranked BCVI the top heart program in Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest. 

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