When Valve Surgery Is Not an Option, Think TAVR

Many older patients with heavy calcium deposits on their heart’s aortic valve (a condition called aortic stenosis, or AS) are considered too high risk for valve replacement surgery. Today, these patients have an option in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a method of inserting a new aortic valve within a damaged valve through … Read More

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2 Options for Restoring Circulation to Your Carotid Artery

If physicians find that you need a procedure to restore circulation to your carotid artery, here’s what you need to know. There are two options that are currently available: 1) carotid endarterectomy, which involves work directly on the carotid artery and 2) carotid stenting, an alternative for those who may not tolerate a carotid endarterectomy. … Read More

Researchers Study New Stent’s Pros + Cons

The introduction of stents helped restore blood flow to patients who had clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) – without surgery. Interventional cardiologist Stephen G. Ellis, MD, is studying a new innovation in stenting called bioabsorbable scaffolds (stents). What are stents? Stents or scaffolds are small tubes that are inserted into narrowed arteries to support artery walls and keep … Read More

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