Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine

Heart Matters: Exploring Innovative Heart Treatments

In honor of American Heart Month, we're talking all things heart and a revolutionary new system capturing and removing blood clots with Dr. David Planer, director of the department of Interventional Cardiology at Hadassah Medical Organization.


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Dr. David Planer

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Endovascular Interventions

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About this episode

In honor of American Heart Month, Hadassah on Call host Maayan Hoffman speaks with Dr. David Planer, director of the department of Interventional Cardiology at Hadassah Medical Organization. While the discussion focuses on everything heart, the focus is on how this Hadassah department is operating outside of the box.

Earlier this year, for example, Dr. Planer and team performed an extremely complex aortic valve transplant for a 76-year-old patient. No one believed that she could survive. Moreover, Dr. Planer’s department was the first in Israel to use a new system called the Flow-Triever that captures and removes blood clots.

It’s a good thing that this Catheterization Department exists for Jerusalemites, especially given how increasingly common heart disease is becoming. For perspective, heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

It’s also the leading cause of death globally, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2019, representing 32% of all global deaths.

Tune in to learn how you can stay heart healthy, and the role Hadassah is playing in these efforts.

Further learning:

"Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine" is a production of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah enhances the health of people around the world through medical education, care and research innovations at the Hadassah Medical Organization. For more information on the latest advances in medicine please head over to hadassah.org.

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About our guests

Dr. David Planer is a senior Interventional Cardiologist and the head of Center for Endovascular Interventions at Hadassah Medical Organization. Dr. Planer graduated from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at Hadassah Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Interventions at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Planer is involved in several Israeli start-up companies of endovascular devices in the fields of aortic and structural heart interventions, from early stage R&D process through early feasibility and FIH studies to marketing. Additionally, he has been involved in the development of over 50 worldwide implantations of the innovative Nexus stent graft system to treat aortic arch pathologies.