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TAVR Marks Milestone at Wheeling Hospital

May 3, 2019

Wheeling Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center’s Structural Team today performed its 100th TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure. The minimally invasive procedure replaces aortic valves without the need for open-heart surgery. With TAVR there is just a small incision, little discomfort and no stitches, and the patient usually is walking within four to six hours and discharged for home the next day. The TAVR procedure is used in patients with aortic stenosis, or whose own aortic valve is diseased due to calcium buildup, which causes the valve to narrow. Aortic stenosis, a progressive disease, can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy, or it can be age-related. It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million people, or 12.4 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 75, suffer from aortic stenosis. From left are Cardiac Coordinator Nurse Practitioner Crystal Pietranton and TAVR team members interventional cardiologists Dr. Deepak Hooda, Dr. Gregory Suero and Dr. Triston Smith, along with cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Victor Maevsky and Dr. David Haybron.

Wheeling Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center’s Structural Team today performed its 100th TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure. The minimally invasive procedure replaces aortic valves without the need for open-heart surgery. With TAVR there is just a small incision, little discomfort and no stitches, and the patient usually is walking within four to six hours and discharged for home the next day. The TAVR procedure is used in patients with aortic stenosis, or whose own aortic valve is diseased due to calcium buildup, which causes the valve to narrow. Aortic stenosis, a progressive disease, can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy, or it can be age-related. It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million people, or 12.4 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 75, suffer from aortic stenosis. From left are Cardiac Coordinator Nurse Practitioner Crystal Pietranton and TAVR team members interventional cardiologists Dr. Deepak Hooda, Dr. Gregory Suero and Dr. Triston Smith, along with cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Victor Maevsky and Dr. David Haybron.