Selection Criteria for TAVR in Paducah, Kentucky

For patients who qualify for a TAVR procedure, Baptist Health Paducah can now provide big-city care with a personalized touch. Learn more and find a TAVR doctor near you.

HealthTalks Transcript

Michael Faulkner, MD, Interventional Cardiology:

Patients who qualify for transcatheter aortic valve replacement are usually categorized as having severe native aortic valve stenosis. In common terms, the aortic valve the patient was born with is now degenerating to a point where it is no longer functional, and because of that the patient will develop symptoms, things like chest pain, shortness of breath, and even lightheadedness, dizziness or passing out.

Nicholas Lopez, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery:

The traditional or gold standard answer for many years has been a surgical valve, and that’s where somebody undergoes the classic division of the breast bone, which can be a big barrier for some folks.

Dr. Faulkner:

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive way to replace a patient’s aortic valve. TAVR is new to Baptist Health Paducah. It’s the first time a procedure like this has been performed in this area. Historically, these patients who have had to undergo TAVR have had to travel long distances to be able to get this procedure done, so now we are able to keep these patients local and in our region.

Dr. Lopez:

The importance of having TAVR in Paducah is a very important thing. We can take on that more complex, more high-risk patient who may have thought they couldn’t go through the operation, or they didn’t want to leave our city. Now, we can offer that very advanced therapy — people call it “big city” therapy — here, locally. I like to say “In our small town, with a personal touch, you still get that big-city care.”

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Baptist Health is known for advanced, superior care for patients with heart disease and the diagnosis, management and treatment of aortic valve stenosis, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients who need a new valve but who may be deemed too high of a risk for traditional surgery.

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