FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laura Stephens | (303) 591-5635
AURORA, CO – Oct. 27, 2015 – On Thursday, October 22, a multidisciplinary team at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) successfully performed the hospital's first two Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures. The TAVR team, which consisted of cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists, with support from TMCA's highly skilled CV OR, cath lab, anesthesia and imaging professionals, completed the procedures on the 79 and 76 year old patients.
The procedure was successful in replacing the aortic valve of each patient, both of whom suffered from severe, symptomatic Aortic Stenosis (AS). AS occurs when the aortic valve narrows and obstructs the flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Over time, the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body. Eventually, if left untreated, the heart becomes overworked and weakened. The procedures at TMCA were successful in replacing the aortic valve of each patient, both of whom suffered from severe symptomatic Aortic Stenosis (AS). AS occurs when the aortic valve narrows and obstructs the flow of blood from the heart to the body. Over time, the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body. Eventually, if left untreated, the heart becomes overworked and weakened.
“We are excited to offer this procedure as an option for our patients,” says Dr. Jonathan Sherman, with Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates. “The introduction of the TAVR procedure at The Medical Center of Aurora is another addition to our already strong, comprehensive cardiac program.”
TAVR provides a unique option for patients because it does not require open-heart surgery. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter to replace the aortic valve, without the need for open heart surgery. TAVR has the potential to provide relief to patients whose health previously disqualified them as surgical candidates or who are found to be higher risk surgical candidates. Average hospital stays after a TAVR procedure are significantly shorter than stays following traditional open heart surgery. And for many patients, TAVR is a last resort.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our extraordinary specialists to provide hope for patients who would not have otherwise had the option to undergo heart surgery. We believe that TAVR will be an exceptional option for many patients who suffer from severe Aortic Stenosis,” said Dan Miller, TMCA President and CEO.
Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis, and approximately 250,000 of these patients suffer from severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, often with debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal daily activities, such as walking short distances or climbing stairs. These patients can often benefit from surgery to replace their ailing valve, but many patients are not treated because they are deemed inoperable for surgery. TAVR at The Medical Center of Aurora will now provide these patients with a suitable option.
About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.