Emergency Room Wait Times

No Feed

Fort Lauderdale


Procedures Utilized New Artificial Heart Valve Recently Approved By The Food And Drug Administration For Patients Who Cannot Undergo Open Heart Surgery

The cardiology team at Holy Cross Hospital has successfully performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) in Broward County. The procedures utilized a first-of-its-kind artificial heart valve that was approved for by the Food and Drug Administration in November for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery.

The Holy Cross interventional team that successfully performed the TAVR procedures included cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Irving David, M.D.; interventional cardiologists Alan Niederman, M.D., Joshua Purrow, M.D. and Alexander Llanos, M.D.; anesthesiologist Andrew Mangum, M.D.; and nurse anesthetist Jody Heriot, CRNA.
"Holy Cross Hospital continues to be on the leading edge of innovations in medicine," said Holy Cross President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. "We are proud to have been chosen as one of the first hospitals to begin performing these groundbreaking procedures.”

To accommodate TAVR procedures, Holy Cross constructed a new, 2,000 square-foot hybrid interventional operating room, one of the considerations that led to the hospital's approval from Edwards Lifesciences to perform the procedure. The expansive operating room offers physicians advanced technology to perform leading-edge procedures, including endovascular stent (abdominal & thoracic), balloon valvuplasty, lead extraction, surgical cardiac ablation, bypass LAD with stent, and ASD & PFO closures.

Approximately 300,000 patients in the U.S. experience valve deterioration, which means the heart must work harder to pump blood and that often leads to heart failure, blood clots and death. The new Edwards Lifesciences' Sapien heart valve can be threaded into place through a major artery that runs from the leg up to the heart.

Recognized as a leader in cardiac care, Holy Cross Hospital offers comprehensive cardiac services through the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center and progressive research at the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute, which specializes in groundbreaking trials enabling its physicians to offer patients access to advanced clinical therapies that would otherwise not be available in the area.

The Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center at Holy Cross Hospital, located at 4725 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, offers a wide array of diagnostic services including EKG, stress tests, Holter monitoring, tilt table testing, regular echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, peripheral angiography, peripheral vascular ultrasound and comprehensive electrophysiologic testing.

For more information, call the Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic at (954) 229-7974 or visit the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center website.