TAVR Leaders in the Heart of Northwest Georgia
Redmond Regional is the first and only hospital in Northwest Georgia performing the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure to treat aortic valve disease. Patients that were previously considered too high-risk for traditional heart valve surgery now have an alternative, minimally invasive option.
To schedule an appointment with a cardiac specialist, call (706) 368-8480.
Heart specialists at Redmond Regional have performed over 100 TAVR procedures since the program's inception in April 2016.
What does this mean for you? As a TAVR patient, you'll have access to state-of-the-art cardiac innovations, experienced physicians, nurses and staff specially trained in cardiovascular disease, and a nurse navigator dedicated to guiding you on the recovery to health - all close to home in Rome, Georgia!
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Severe aortic stenosis is life threatening. After you begin experiencing symptoms of aortic stenosis, urgent treatment is necessary due to reduced blow flow.
The heart valve does not open fully and continues to narrow over time. This prevents blood flow to your heart, and eventually, your entire body. The obstruction takes a toll on your heart, weakening the muscle, which can lead to major complications.
- Shortness of breathe
- Swollen feet
- Irregular heartbeat
- Family member with heart disease
- Increasing age: Aortic Stenosis is most common in ages 65+
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
How does TAVR work?
TAVR is a new treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis. The procedure begins by delivering an artificial valve through an artery, usually through your leg, to the heart. The new valve is deployed over the existing damaged valve. Blood is able to flow through the aortic valve naturally without having to remove the old valve. Once in place, it begins functioning immediately.
Benefits to TAVR
- Because a cardiothoracic surgeon is not opening up the chest to completely remove the damaged valve, TAVR is a more minimally invasive approach.
- The procedure lasts only 1-2 hours.
- TAVR patients are home faster with decreased recovery times.