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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Albany Med physicians were among the first in the nation to perform TAVR to treat severe aortic stenosis.

Among the First in Nation to Perform TAVR


TAVR: Better Results for your Patients
The team of physicians who specialize in the broadest range of interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), discuss advanced procedures, their approach to care and the benefits heart patients can find at Albany Med.

Aortic stenosis is a potentially life threatening condition that involves an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve thus impeding the flow of oxygenated blood from the heart to the aorta. The most common cause of aortic stenosis in patients 65 years of age and over is called "senile calcific aortic stenosis", caused by calcification of the valve over time with aging. These elderly patients tend to be very sick but are ineligible for traditional open-heart surgery due to their age or other medical conditions. The minimally invasive approach to valve replacement not only causes less trauma to the patients but has proven to improve their symptoms and increase their life expectancy.

A team of physicians at Albany Medical Center recently became among the first in the nation to have successfully replaced the heart valves of two patients suffering from aortic stenosis using the recently FDA-approved transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This is the first time this procedure has been performed by a non-study center for commercial purposes following FDA approval in November, 2011.

The minimally invasive procedure is performed by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians at Albany Med.

Team members include Augustin DeLago, M.D., director of interventional cardiology; Lewis Britton, M.D., section head of cardiac surgery; Edward V. Bennett, M.D., chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery; Manish Mehta, M.D., of The Vascular Group; Mark Tallman, M.D., of Capital Cardiology;  Mohammad El-Hajjar, M.D. of the Albany Med Cardiology Group; Farhan Sheikh, M.B., head of cardiac anesthesiology; and Saroj Pani, M.D., of the department of anesthesiology.  


Harry DePan, M.D., associate professor of cardiac surgery at Albany Medical College discusses how new surgical procedures have provided better outcomes for patients at Albany Med.
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