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- Sun Feb 09, 2003 11:38 pm
I would appreciate any updates as to when PICVA might be available in the United States. I see no new information since the summer of 2001. Is there any place one could register or volunteer is an "experimental patient?
| Dr. Yasser Mokhtar
- Sun Feb 09, 2003 11:40 pm
Thank you very much for choosing our website.
PICVA is a fairly new procedure. The first case that was done, was done in Germany, in 1999 and there was a cardiologist from Harvard Dr. Stephen Oesterle on the team.
The system in the US is a little bit slow on new things as you might be aware. The same German institute and a few others in Germany did start a limited study on patients to see how it goes.
When the PICVA starts in the US, i would say that one of the first places that will begin clinical trials in it would be Harvard affiliated hospitals like Mass. General Hospital where this US cardiologist work i guess.
You are not the only person who asked this question and about when the PICVA will be available in the US, but i can not really answer this question now. Although Dr. Oesterle said that the US studies are expected to begin by the wnd of this year.
This is a link to the circulation issue where Dr. Oesterle talks about this.
Once more, thank you very much for choosing our website and if you still have any questions don't hesitate to ask them right away.
Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.