New TAVR Procedure Helps Heart Patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Dr. Eli Capouya (front row, from left), cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Harry Balian, interventional cardiology. Back: Dr. Sanjay Sharma, interventional cardiology; Dr. Joseph Bornheimer, interventional cardiology; Leslie Williams, Valve Clinic coordinator; Dr. Amir Rafie, interventional cardiology; and Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, cardiothoracic surgery.

The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement team of interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeons at Glendale Adventist Medical Center are paving the way for a new kind of technology. The cardiac surgery enables patients with severe aortic stenosis to receive a new heart valve without undergoing open heart surgery. TAVR is minimally invasive.
Aortic stenosis is a condition in which progressive obstruction of blood flow across the aortic valve results in pressure hypertrophy of the left ventricle and can present as classic symptoms of angina, heart failure and even sudden death. An echocardiogram is the standard for identifying severe aortic stenosis.
This procedure is fairly new and is FDA approved for people with symptomatic aortic stenosis who are considered an intermediate or high risk patient for standard valve replacement surgery. The differences in the two procedures are significant.
For more information, call Leslie Williams, Valve Clinic coordinator at (818) 409-8143 or visit AdventistHealth.org/Glendale.

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