Grateful to be spared from another invasive and risky second-open heart surgery, Everett Peck is now feeling good because of a new procedure and thanks to advancing technology.
“I’m glad it didn’t have to be open-heart. I feel good,” said Peck.
Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute recently completed its 1,000th TAVR procedure (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.) It’s now a new alternative for older patients with aortic stenosis, a decrease or blockage of blood flow in a valve of the heart.
Everett had already been through the traumatizing experience of open-heart surgery. When he has diagnosed with another heart disease, aortic stenosis, they feared going through the invasive surgery again.
The Heart Institute had the other option of a TAVR procedure. Something like a large IV is run up through the leg and into the heart with a balloon attached to the end. Once the balloon is in the valve it expands to open it for blood flow.
Everett’s family gladly chose the benefit TAVR’s non-invasive nature. It has helped him avoid intrusive open-heart surgery.
The technology and technique for hospitals have come so far and IMC is actually one of the top 10 programs in the country for the number of TAVR treatments or non-invasive therapy performed for aortic stenosis.
“I think we all look back now and realize the magic of this and realize that we would never have predicted to come this far. But I think it’s really about our patients and celebrating patient lives that have been saved by this procedure and the improvement in the quality of their life.” says Dr. Trey O’Neal, a cardiologist from Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.
The lifesaving therapy is expanding to other types of patients to improve life for others like it did for Everett. Clinic tests of the surgery and now going on with low-risk, younger patients.
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