“The new valve is immediately functional and most patients experience instant clinical benefit,” the release said.
The procedure can also be used to treat patients with aortic valve stenosis, which is a narrowing of the valve, or those who have similar conditions.
“Patients suffering from any aortic valvular disease may be potential candidates for this approach,” said Dr. Faiq Akhter, director of cardiology at Springfield Regional Medical Center. “We perform the procedure, which takes less than 60 minutes, in the cardiac cath lab. It carries a very low risk of complications. Patients are generally ready for discharge within 48 hours and can expect a complete recovery within several days.”
Akhter, who helped perform the procedure at the hospital last month, underwent intensive TAVR training, including performing more than 50 procedures off site, according to a news release sent by the hospital this week. He is part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and surgeons that perform the procedure at Springfield Regional.
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Sharon Hanlin of St. Paris was the first TAVR patient at the hospital.
“I am more than pleased with the results. I would have been in great pain for days from having my sternum opened. Instead, I was only in the hospital for two nights,” she said. “I have a bad back and I was limiting my lifestyle and jobs throughout the day. I thought it was due to my back and never thought it was due to my heart.”