UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Heart and Vascular Institute takes you inside the heart for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids.
TAVR is a minimally invasive, cath-based procedure to replace the aortic valve in patient with severe aortic stenosis for individuals that are high risk or too sick for open-heart surgery. Left untreated, aortic valve stenosis can lead to more serious heart problems.
Dr. Georges Hajj from UnityPoint Health – Cardiology Clinic explains the procedure and who is a candidate for TAVR.
Our patient undergoing TAVR is Donald Waterman – an 88 year-old from Eastern Iowa. He was experiencing a rapid and irregular heart rate and went to St. Luke’s ER. Up to that point and time Waterman had been closely monitored by a UnityPoint Health Cardiologist. With this change in condition it was determined he would undergo the TAVR procedure.
Family reports Waterman is feeling less tired after his TAVR procedure and feel he was in the right place at the right time. They indicate his quality of life is better and feel fortunate to have this option in Cedar Rapids – allowing them to stay close to home and avoid travel.
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute offers advanced technologies and procedures to help patients stay close to home.