Memorial's Heart & Vascular program is thefirst in the nation to be recognized
by the American College of Cardiology for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter aortic valve
repair and replacement procedures.
The award is based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for
multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and
The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review
and certification process that pairs with established national clinical
databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to
transcatheter valve therapies. Participation in established national clinical
databases such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry is required for hospitals interested
in achieving Transcatheter Valve Certification.
Dr. Lugo is one of the first invertentional cardiologists in Lake Charles
specializing in miniminally invasive valve replacement.called Ttranscatheter
Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) with the Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve. This
procedure is approved for use in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis.