Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in Paducah, Kentucky

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive surgery used to replace narrowed heart valves. Learn more about TAVR with Baptist Health Paducah.

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.

Roger Dale Anderson, Murray, Kentucky:

I started feeling rough because I couldn’t do what I had always done before — get up and walk around, go to the places I went to every morning.

Dr. Rains:

For Mr. Anderson, the tipping point that ultimately made us decide TAVR, was his prior open-heart surgery, making any repeat open-chest procedure that much riskier. We did it and we all were pleased with how immediate and obvious the results were. He woke up saying that he was breathing better than he had in months. We repeated pictures of his heart two days later, before he left the hospital, and it already showed his failing heart pump was recovering closer back to normal.


Since I had that heart valve put in, I’m a new man now.

Dr. Rains:

If Mr. Anderson had not gotten a TAVR, he would have had a 50% chance of death within two years. For us to be able to offer this here is a huge step forward for the community. This shows that we are legitimate players in cardiovascular 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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