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Valve Replacement

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.

What is TAVR?

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 Team

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.

Our Credentials

Of the 645 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Programs nationally, Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Team was the FIRST to receive the American College of Cardiology’s prestigious Transcatheter Valve Certification. This recognition demonstrates expertise in TAVR, a less invasive option to replace diseased aortic valves without open heart surgery. While being first is not the goal, doing what we do well, implementing best practices, and achieving quality outcomes is our priority. That’s the importance of the ACC certification. It recognizes our commitment to the highest TAVR standards.

For more information, call our Valve Clinic at (337) 494-4795.