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Cardiologists and Cardiac Surgeons Perform First Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement at Loma Linda University Medical Center
Date:11/21/2013

nsidered surgical AVR candidates and would likely not survive beyond two years after symptom onset.

“With TAVR, patients can receive the treatment they need and experience a better quality of life,” said Dr. Jutzy, head of the department of cardiology.

TAVR is a nonsurgical approach that yields survival benefits equivalent to conventional AVR surgery but with shorter procedure times and reduced anesthesia requirements. The procedure involves replacing a narrowed aortic valve using less invasive catheter-based techniques, and the new valve is attached to a catheter inserted into the aorta. Procedure time for TAVR is generally two to three hours.

The TAVR program at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute includes a comprehensive team approach to assessment and treatment involving all participating departments. The team includes an intake coordinator, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, echocardiographers, radiology professionals, vascular surgeons, nurses and technologists specially trained in TAVR protocols.

For more information on the TAVR procedure, please call 1-855-LLU-VALVE (855-558-8258) or e-mail TAVR(at)llu(dot)edu.

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