Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has completed its first implant of the newly approved recapturable, self-expanding CoreValve® Evolut® R System. Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the first hospital in South Carolina to implant this new technology.
This new system is approved for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in severe aortic stenosis patients who are at high or extreme risk for surgery. Untreated, aortic valve stenosis can lead to serious heart problems including heart failure and even death.
“The TAVR team at Palmetto Health continues to advance the treatment of aortic stenosis for Midlands patients. This allows us to offer even more patients this life saving procedure,” said J. Ryan Burke, M.D., cardiovascular surgeon with Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.
Aortic stenosis is a common heart problem caused by a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve due to excessive calcium deposited on the valve. When the valve narrows, it does not open or close properly, making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Eventually, this causes the heart to weaken and function poorly, which may lead to heart failure and increased risk for sudden cardiac death.
The new Evolut R system replaces a diseased aortic heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure, without open-heart surgery and without surgical removal of the diseased valve. The device is typically inserted via an artery in the leg and then guided through the arteries into the heart. Once in place, the device expands and takes over the original valve’s function to enable oxygen-rich blood to flow efficiently out of the heart.
The Evolut R is the first self-expanding, recapturable and repositionable transcatheter heart valve available in the U.S. It is built on the proven foundation and procedural success of the CoreValve System, which has been implanted in more than 75,000 patients in 60 countries.
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