Charles Davidson, MD: February 12, 2019

Expert Shares Tips on Non-Surgical Treatment for Coronary and Valve Disease 



Charles Davidson, MD

Clinical Chief of Cardiology at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute


Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Among the many kinds of heart disease, millions of Americans are living with valve disease, when one or more of the four heart valves doesn’t work properly, and coronary artery disease, when plaque builds up in the arteries, decreasing blood flow to the heart. The goal of the highly skilled team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is to provide the most progressive strategies to diagnose, treat and stabilize the heart, while improving your overall quality of life.

Did you know?

  • More than 1 in 10 adults ages 75 and older have heart valve disease, and as many as 11.6 million Americans have this disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America.
  • Dr. Davidson is an interventional cardiologist, meaning he is part of the team that performs the procedures like transcatheter valve therapy and stents.  TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) was the first nonsurgical valve replacement treatment approved in the US for patients with aortic stenosis. Currently, there are multiple other technologies under investigation for treatment of other valvular lesions.
  • Both angioplasty and now TAVR are considered breakthroughs in technology, completely changing the way valve and coronary diseases are treated. They avoid open heart surgery and, in many cases, decrease the short risk valve replacement while providing similar long term benefits.

Charles Davidson, MD, Clinical Chief of Cardiology and an interventional cardiologist, is available for live interviews to discuss how valve and/or coronary disease is diagnosed, and what to look for in a doctor or hospital to get evaluated and treated. He’ll also discuss how you can take steps to halt the progress of heart disease by understanding your risk factors and modifying the ones you can that can to lengthen and improve the quality of your life.


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Charles Davidson, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, Clinical Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.  He received his MD degree from the University of Connecticut School and did his internal medicine residency at Northwestern University. He completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Duke University Medical Center.  He was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Duke prior to joining Northwestern Medicine.

He has published over 300 manuscripts and book chapters.  He is on the editorial board of the American Heart Journal, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, Cardiovascular Regeneration Medicine, and Journal of Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Davidson’s special expertise is in coronary and structural heart interventions including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement, and tricuspid valve repair

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