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Holy Cross Hospital Reaches Milestone with 50th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TAVR valve on balloon

In 2012, the hospital was first in Broward County to successfully perform the minimally invasive procedure for patients deemed at too high risk for open heart surgery

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (January 15, 2014) – After having been the first hospital in Broward County to perform the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) two years ago, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has reached another milestone with its successful 50th TAVR procedure.

On January 15, the TAVR Team performed the implantation on Boca Raton resident, Elaine Linden.

The TAVR procedure is designed to replace a patient’s diseased native aortic valve without the need for open-chest surgery and without stopping the patient’s heart. “It offers an opportunity for improved quality of life to patients needing an aortic valve replacement who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery” said Dr. Alan Niederman. TAVR patients at Holy Cross range in age from 67 to 96 years old, with an average age of 86.
TAVR is the first procedure utilizing a multi-specialty team consisting of:

•Interventional Cardiologists: Dr. Alex Llanos (Interventional/Structural Cardiologist), Dr. Alan Niederman, and Dr. Joshua Purow
•Cardiovascular Surgeons: Dr. Irving David and Dr. Imad Tabry
•Echo Cardiologist: Dr. Vicente Font
•Cardiac Anesthesiologist: Dr. Bijan Bavarian
•Cardiovascular Radiologist: Dr. Claudio Smuclovisky
•Structural Heart Program Coordinator: Chloe Lebron, Advanced Registerd Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and
•Specially trained Cardiac Catheterization and Open-Heart Surgical staff.

The TAVR team at Holy Cross Hospital has outperformed the international outcome averages for this leading edge procedure. TAVR is performed in the hospital’s state-of-the-art hybrid interventional operating room which offers physicians the latest technology to perform a variety of cutting-edge procedures.

The Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic at the Holy Cross Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center is located at 4725 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information call Chloe Lebron or Ginger Mastrapa at (954) 229-7974 or visit www.HolyCrossHeart.com.

About Holy Cross Hospital
A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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