Alternative to open-heart surgery now available at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta



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Jan 27, 2019  |  Loma Linda, California, United States

Surgeons at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta performed the hospital’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure — or TAVR — on January 14.  Currently, it is the only hospital in the region to offer this non-invasive heart procedure to patients in the community.

TAVR is a non-surgical alternative procedure that treats aortic stenosis — a heart valve disease that causes reduced blood flow through theaortic valve. Patients with aortic valve stenosis often suffer from dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Previously, the standard treatment was open-heart surgery that often has high risk complications with longer hospital stays. Since not all patients with this type of heart diseaseare well enough to undergo open-heart surgery, TAVR provides another option. TAVR is a non-invasive procedure done under conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia, takes less than an hour and allows patients to go home the next day. 

In 2016, the FDA approved the TAVR procedure for intermediate-risk patients as previously only high-risk patients were eligible. Cardiothoracic Surgeon Michael Koumjian, MD, says bringing this procedure to Murietta with access to neighboring cities will serve an increasingly eligible population.

"The TAVR technology is growing and eligibility is expanding,” Koumjian says. "To accommodate that growth, we’re pleased to be offering this state-of-the-art technology for our community.”





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