Aventura, Fla. – (November 2, 2009) — Florida Heart and Vascular Care at Aventura is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert J. Cubeddu to their staff. Dr. Cubeddu is an interventional cardiologist and one of the very few to hold a subspecialty in “Structural and Adult Congenital Heart Interventions,” A new cardiovascular field that uses catheter-based technology to provide patients a less invasive and attractive alternative to open-heart surgery.
Dr. Cubeddu explains that the fundamental basis of this field arises from the successful experience gained over the last 30 years with heart catheterizations, balloon angioplasty and stents that are used to open the obstructed coronary arteries. “We can now, however, diagnose and treat a number other important heart conditions with the use of small catheters,” Dr. Cubeddu explains, “These catheters are carefully advanced through the major blood vessels, from the leg groin to the heart, after making only a small 1cm incision with local anesthesia.”
Traditionally, heart valves have been repaired or replaced using open heart surgery. However, with this new technology we can now fix and replace certain heart valves with catheters; also known as “percutaneous or transcatheter valve implants or repair”. According to Dr. Cubeddu, the very first human percutaneous valve implant was performed in Europe in the year 2000, and since then, it is estimated that more than 8,000 patients world-wide have benefited from this new technology. This technology is particularly useful and important for patients with valvular heart disease that are either inoperable or simply high-risk for conventional surgery.
Additionally, many other heart conditions may now be treated with this novel transcatheter technology, including congenital heart defects and cardiac stroke related problems. A few of these examples include: closure of patent foramen ovale, patent ductus arteriosum, atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, arterio-venous malformations, and left atrial appendage among others.
“Dr. Cubeddu is a highly skilled interventional cardiologist, and we at the Florida Heart and Vascular Care at Aventura are extremely excited to have him join our medical staff,” remarks Dr. Paul Vignola, Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, “With his expertise, Dr. Cubeddu will bring new and innovative ideas for patient care to Aventura Hospital and to the community.”
Dr. Robert Cubeddu completed his Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease and Adult Congenital training at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He was former Chief Resident in Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach, FL, and is currently Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Adult Echocardiography, and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Cubeddu has published in many major peer-review journals and is currently a representative the National Structural Heart Disease council, and member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.
For more information about Dr. Robert J. Cubeddu and the Structural and Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, please call 1-888-256-7692.