Baptist’s Cardiovascular Team Performs the Latest Heart Valve Replacement Procedure

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Baptist Medical Center in Jackson is first in Mississippi to perform many technically advanced, minimally invasive heart valve repairs and replacements. On November 9, 86 year old Margaret Bennett of Winona came to Baptist for central and south Mississippi's first transcatheter aortic heart valve replacement (TAVR) with the latest generation valve.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon William Harris, MD talks about latest valve replacement

“TAVR is just one of several leading–edge procedures we performed in recent years in order to provide the best care for our patients. And, there is a highly trained, nurse practitioner who starts the evaluation process for each of our patients."

In its continued effort to provide Mississippians with the most innovative cardiovascular care, Baptist Health Systems implanted the latest generation of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement (TAVR) device on 86 year old Margaret Bennett from Winona, Miss. on November 9, 2015.

Bennett, who has aortic valve stenosis, was one of the first patients in Mississippi to receive the upgraded TAVR device. Aortic valve stenosis is a condition where calcification of the aortic heart valve prevents blood from flowing properly through the heart, thus causing a heart murmur. The heart has to work harder to push blood through the damaged aortic valve, eventually could weaken the heart muscle. The TAVR procedure offers an alternative treatment for patients with aortic stenosis who are unable to undergo open heart surgery.

In June 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the third generation of the SAPIEN valve, which the FDA originally approved in 2011. Baptist has performed close to 100 of the life-saving TAVR procedures and was one of the first hospitals in the nation to implant the device in June 2012.

When Baptist first used the TAVR in 2012, Cardiothoracic Surgeon William Harris, MD, with Baptist Medical Center said, “People who formerly had no options with regards to treatment of their diseased aortic valves will now have the potential to receive a new heart valve without having any incision on their chest. This procedure will not only greatly diminish their chance of an early death, but it will also improve their quality of life.”

That still holds true today as Baptist physicians continue to seek ways to stay on top of technological advances to improve the quality of people’s lives. This third generation TAVR is designed to even further minimize leakage by adding a special skirt to the base of the valve. After a clinical trial of nearly 600 patients, those with the Sapien 3 TAVR had a significantly lower rate of leakage around the valve.

Dr. Harris emphasized Mississippians do not have to leave the state for heart valve repair and surgery. “TAVR is just one of several leading–edge procedures we performed in recent years in order to provide the best care for our patients. And, there is a highly trained, nurse practitioner who starts the evaluation process for each of our patients.”

For example, Baptist is among a select group of medical centers nationwide, and the only hospital in Mississippi, to perform a robotically assisted mitral valve repair. Plus, Baptist created the Valve Center in 2009 to bring together a team of experienced cardiac caregivers to offer the most comprehensive care in the region for patients with heart disease.

Learn more about the new upgrade to TAVR and Baptist’s Valve Center by calling 601.969.0312 or mbhs.org/valves.

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