Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Lake Charles Memorial offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
with the Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve. This procedure is approved for use in
patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis when open heart surgery
would be too high of a risk.
Aortic stenosis occurs when calcium builds up within the aortic valve,
limiting the valve’s ability to open and close. As the condition
progresses, the valve opening narrows, obstructing blood flow and forcing
the heart to pump harder. The progression of aortic stenosis cannot be
reversed or stopped, but requires surgical intervention to treat.
TAVR is a unique, minimally invasive procedure that provides higher risk
patients with a viable treatment option. It is appropriate for those who
are not suitable for traditional valve replacement due to advanced age,
frailty, previous medical history, or current health condition.
Current AHA/ACC Guidelines indicate a valve replacement for a majority
of symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis. Without aortic valve
replacement, this disease is life threatening and studies have shown that
patients have a survival rate as low as 50 percent at two years after
the onset of symptoms.
Our multi-disciplinary heart team consisting of interventional cardiologists
Christopher Thompson, MD and
Edward Bergen, DO, along with cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon
Gregory Lugo, MD take a rigorous approach to patient care through our Valve Clinic. With
the innovative procedures we are utilizing in treating aortic valve disease,
including balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) and TAVR, patients can have
an enriched and improved quality of life.
For more information, call our Valve Clinic at (337) 494-4795.