Baptist Health Paducah: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure in Paducah, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Martin Rains, MD, Interventional Cardiology:
TAVR stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. This is a less invasive way to replace a severely narrowed valve for a patient who is having severe symptoms from that problem. Traditionally, the only way to offer a correction when the valve itself became severely narrowed was open-heart surgery. Sicker, older patients, maybe don’t fare as well with a big operation, so this procedure was actually developed for use in patients who were too sick to undergo the traditional surgery.
Austin Ward, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery:
Traditionally, a TAVR procedure is performed by placing a new aortic valve through the femoral artery in the groin. Unfortunately, because of the same reasons that people have aortic valve disease, they often have plaque and disease in their femoral arteries, making them unsuitable for a TAVR through their femoral arteries. We can use many different access vessels to place the TAVR valve, including the carotid artery, the axillary artery, and even the apex of the heart. We can offer this lifesaving treatment, despite disease in the femoral arteries. I’m proud to be a part of a team who can assess people and offer a personalized, right choice for each individual patient and their individual anatomy.
For us to be able to offer this here is a huge step forward for the community. This really shows that we are legitimate players in cardiovascular care. We can offer the same services that they can get anywhere.
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