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Heart Valve Procedure Allows for a Quicker Recovery

Heart disease can be scary but understanding the disease, and treatments can help you get back to life. Midland Memorial Hospital offers many advanced treatment options. One of these treatment options is for those with heart valve disease. How would you know if you have heart valve disease? Common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure and dizziness or fainting episodes with exertions. The average patient is older than 70. If you are of any age and experiencing these symptoms, please seek medical care.

When people get older, often the aortic valve of the heart calcifies and has difficulty opening. This is called aortic stenosis. When this valve has difficulty opening, blood backs up into the heart and the lungs and causes people to have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue. Many years ago, the only treatment was an aortic valve replacement by open heart surgery. But over the past five to10 years, we have developed techniques to replace the failing valve with a new valve by inserting a tube into the artery in the groin. Through this tube we stick wires into the heart in order to put a new valve inside the failing valve. By doing so, the patient’s symptoms are resolved. Instead of taking weeks to recover, patients are up and moving and leaving the hospital the next day. This procedure is called TAVR – transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

The TAVR procedure is now performed in the Permian Basin by myself in Midland and Dr. Adam Farber in Odessa. We are interventional cardiologists and are assisted by Dr. Kirit Patel, our cardiovascular surgeon. Together, we are helping patients with aortic valve stenosis live longer and more fulfilling lives.

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