TAVR is the latest advance in aortic valve replacement; its minimally invasive approach means patients who previously were out of options now have an effective, safe choice for treatment.
When aortic valve disease causes symptoms in adults, valve replacement surgery can fix the problem. But – even better – there’s a way to keep your valve and relieve your symptoms, too. A recent study looked at results from surgeries to repair valves instead of replacing them. The study found that valve repair produced excellent … Read More
Maybe you were taken by surprise when your physician said you’d need heart surgery like more than a half million Americans do each year. Like most of my patients, you probably have lots of questions, beginning with “Where?” and “Who?” You owe it to yourself to invest time into planning for your procedure and to … Read More
There’s safety in numbers, according to a new study that says heart valve surgery patients do better at high-volume medical centers. We are on the “surgical court” 365 days a year A recent study performed at the University of Michigan and published in the September issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery found that patients … Read More
The award-winning Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve is giving new hope to high risk patients with valve disease. Cleveland Clinic cardiologists were among the first clinicians in the country to use the device in an innovative procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve. New hope … Read More
A year ago, Barbara Hagan, an East Lansing, Mich. substitute teacher and then 47-year-old mother of three, sat in a hospital patient room while her doctor reviewed the results of her MRI. A breast cancer survivor, Hagan was having a follow-up breast exam and an MRI. It was a routine screening following the mastectomy she … Read More