Ingalls to Host Free Seminar on Aortic Valve Disease Aug. 24


(August, 2015)

Learn about the causes, symptoms and latest treatments for aortic valve disease Monday, Aug. 24, as Ingalls Health System presents a free Heart Smart Seminar featuring board-certified thoracic surgeon Bradford Blakeman, M.D., F.A.C.S. The program will be presented at the South Holland Community Center at 6 p.m.

Dr. Blakeman will discuss aortic valve disease, a condition in which the valve between the main pumping chamber of the heart and the main artery to the body doesn’t work properly.

Two diseases of the aortic valve disease are regurgitation, a condition in which blood flows backward from a widened or weakened aortic valve into the heart’s lower chamber, and stenosis, a narrowing or blockage of the aortic valve that occurs when the valve’s leaflets become coated with deposits, causing the heart to work harder and weaken over time.

Dr. Blakeman will discuss causes, symptoms and surgical treatments, including advancements in mechanical valve, tissue valve and trans-catheter valve replacement. The program will feature time for questions.

Prior to joining the medical staff of Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Dr. Blakeman spent two decades as an academic surgeon. He has personally published nearly 70 articles and papers, and participated in 13 clinical studies. Dr. Blakeman is also a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery – the most prestigious clinical and academic thoracic society in the world.

For more information or to register for the Aug. 24 program, visit or call 708.915.CARE (2273).

The South Holland Community Center is located at 501 E. 170th St., South Holland.