Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute First in Hillsborough County to Perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure
Florida Hospital Tampa First in Hillsborough County to Perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure (TAVR)
Even in her late 80s, Tampa resident Marjorie Green enjoys an active lifestyle with her family. But her heart wasn’t able to keep up with the rest of her body, and Marjorie was one of thousands of Floridians suffering from severe aortic stenosis – a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart.
Unfortunately, age and other health complications did not allow Marjorie to undergo traditional open-heart aortic valve surgery, a procedure that repairs the aortic valve so it can once again pump more blood through the body, a necessary biological process required to stay alive.
“My mom was destined to die of heart failure because of her aortic stenosis; we were told there was nothing that could be done because she was inoperable,” says Marjorie’s daughter, Lesley Green. “And then we got a call referring my mom to Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute because they were starting a brand new procedure, and it saved my mom’s life. Even though she’s 88 years old, she is vibrant and has so much life left in her. This new procedure at Pepin Heart is a perfect blessing at the perfect time for my mom and the rest of our family.”
This new “minimally-invasive” valve procedure is performed in the Cath Lab at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and it’s known as a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (called TAVR by heart experts). TAVR is performed on a beating heart and does not require cardio-pulmonary bypass or opening the chest like traditional valve surgery. While up to 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from aortic stenosis, approximately 500,000 are like Marjorie and considered inoperable with a “severe stenosis” diagnosis.
“This is a significant breakthrough for those half-million patients currently suffering from severe stenosis; in Tampa Bay, we’re now able to help our patients extend their lives and quality of life,” said Dr. Marc Bloom, chief of cardiovascular & thoracic surgery at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and one of the surgeons and interventional cardiologists comprising the Pepin Heart Institute TAVR team.