TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and the Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic at Holy Cross Hospital
The Holy Cross Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center houses our Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic, which evaluates our patients to determine their eligibility for the TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure.
According to Chloe Lebron, MSN, RN Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic Coordinator:
The Valve & Structural Heart Disease Clinic at Holy Cross Hospital provides multi- disciplinary evaluation for patients with severe aortic stenosis by a team of cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, echo cardiologist and imaging specialists. Our comprehensive evaluation includes a functional assessment, transesophageal echocardiography, CT angiography with a 256-slice scanner, pulmonary function tests and cardiac angiography. The team gathers weekly to discuss each patient’s aortic valve characteristics, vasculature, aortic dimensions, surgical risk and potential for quality of life improvement, and makes a recommendation as to their most appropriate treatment option: traditional open-heart or minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or medical management.
In the following video, our physicians explain this cutting-edge procedure, including an animation of how the procedure is performed. One of our patients, General John Studds (a retired Marine Major General) discusses his experience with the procedure and with Holy Cross Hospital.