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West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Performs First Heart Valve Replacements Without Open Heart Surgery
Date:6/7/2013

Jackson, TENN. (PRWEB) June 07, 2013

The week of May 13, a team of doctors working together through the West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center (WTHVC) at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital performed the first three transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) in Jackson.

Transcatheter valve replacements are for patients at high-risk for traditional aortic valve replacement. Prior to the approval of TAVR, heart patients that were not healthy enough to undergo open-heart surgery had no long-term options for extending their lives.

The multi-disciplinary TAVR team at WTHVC is made up of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, radiologists, and anesthesiologists from seven different practices in Jackson. This unprecedented collaboration is coordinated through WTHVC, which has appointed a Valve Clinic Coordinator.

The TAVR team includes:

Dr. Michael Bearb, Anesthesiologist, Cardiac Anesthesia Group
Dr. Greg Bruno, Radiologist, Jackson Radiology Associates
Dr. Jason Cherry, Cardiologist, The Jackson Clinic
Dr. James Crenshaw, Cardiologist, The Jackson Clinic
Dr. John Crocker, Radiologist, Jackson Radiology Associates
Dr. Arthur Grimball, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, WTHVC Cardiothoracic Surgery Center
Dr. Tommy Miller, Cardiologist, Mid-South Heart Center
Dr. Michael Osayamen, Cardiologist, The Jackson Clinic
Dr. Shahzad Shah, Cardiologist, The Jackson Clinic
Dr. Eric Sievers, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, WTHVC Cardiothoracic Surgery Center
Scott Sweat, RN, Valve Clinic Coordinator, WTHVC
Dr. Ronald Weiner, Cardiologist, Skyline Cardiovascular Institute

All three patients were released from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital within days of the procedure. TAVR is a significant breakthrough for patients facing heart disease. Minimally invasive procedures like TAVR allow for quicker recovery, with patients retur
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