Archive for the 'Aortic Valve Replacement' Category

Surgeon Q&A: “Can TAVR Be Used for a Bicuspid Aortic Valve & Aneurysm?” asks Valerie

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Valerie sent me a GREAT question about transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), bicuspid aortic valves and aortic aneurysms. Valerie asked, “Hi Adam – I have a bicuspid aortic valve and aneurysm.  Is there any work being done using the TAVR method to also fix an aneurysm too? Or, does an aneurysm negate use of TAVR for valve surgery?”
SAPIEN 3 TAVR (Edwards Lifesciences)

To educate Valerie (and our entire community) about this very important topic, I contacted Dr. Michael Mack. So you know, Dr. Mack is Chairman of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Baylor Health Care System and a former President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Specific to TAVR, Dr. Mack was very involved in the PARTNER clinical trials which led to the first FDA approval of the Edwards SAPIEN valve in 2011.

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Surgeon Q&A: What is the Latest Research on Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Eileen Chen, who is a member of our Facebook community, recently asked me, “Hi Adam, What is the latest research on less invasive aortic valve surgery?”

To answer Eileen’s question, I was very lucky to interview Dr. Allan Stewart during the Heart Valve Summit conference. So you know, Dr. Stewart is an excellent surgeon (and super nice guy) who has successfully treated over 100 patients from our community — including Christine Pittelli, Bill Easton, William Brogna and many others. 🙂

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Technology Update: FDA Approves Perceval Sutureless Heart Valve; 7 Facts You Need To Know

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

In case you missed it… The Perceval Sutureless Heart Valve just received a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval on January 11, 2016. This is really big news as the Perceval is the first rapid-deployment, sutureless heart valve for patients with aortic stenosis.

Perceval-Sutureless-Valve-FDA-Approval

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Sutureless Heart Valve Education Center Launches!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Great news! Last week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a sutureless heart valve replacement for the treatment of aortic stenosis. So, to educate you about sutureless heart valve replacements, we just launched a patient education center about this innovative therapy for aortic stenosis. To see it, click here.

 

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At Edwards Lifesciences Patient Day 2015, Stewart Gully Can’t Hold Back Tears of Joy!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

At Edwards Lifesciences Patient Day 2015, Stewart Gully can’t hold back tears of joy, thankfulness and appreciation.

Watch this video to learn why…

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At 14,505 Feet, Dave is a Mountain of Inspiration!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

A man. A bicuspid aortic valve. A heart valve surgery. A mountain of inspiration.

This is the story of Dave Augustus…

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Surgeon Q&A: Are There Alternative Access Points For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

I’m getting a lot of questions about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. A common question I get has to do with the different access points by which a TAVR can be implanted.

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Patient Update: After Four Emergency Room Visits, Nina Finally Gets A TAVR!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Nina Bamford was taken to the emergency room four times due to symptoms including shortness of breath. Nina was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Nina was told that open heart surgery was “too risky” for her.

At 81 years old, Nina wanted to live.

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Surgeon Q&A: “What’s the Latest Research About Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery?”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I get a lot of questions about aortic valve surgery. Lately, my inbox has swollen with questions about less invasive aortic valve procedures.

Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery

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Patient Week Finale: In the Dominican Republic, Dionicio Gets a “Second Chance” at Life!

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

We’re excited to wrap up our first “Patient Success Week” with a story of hope!

In March, Edwards Lifesciences Foundation hired our team to film a mini-documentary about an extraordinary heart valve mission in the Dominican Republic. To see how patients, like Dionicio Garcia, got a “Second Chance” at life during this mission, please enjoy the video below.

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