University of Colorado Health
Contact Us Directions Employees Physicians
Poudre Valley Health System Guests and Visitors Hospitals and Clinics Community UCHealth Jobs Classes and Events Foundation and Volunteers Health library
Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr
At a Glance
All Services
Medical clinics
Conditions we treat
Download our app
Hospitals
UC Health news
PrintEmail

 

UCHealth News

Print This Page Print This Page    Email this to a Friend Email this to a Friend
News
05/21/2012
New heart valve surgery successfully performed at Medical Center of the Rockies

For immediate release: May 21, 2012

Contact:
Fiona Libsack, 970.391.1253, fbl1@pvhs.org

 The Sapien valve is crimped on to a catheter, then expanded by balloon and implanted, replacing the diseased aortic valve.
Courtesy: Edwards Lifesciences.

 About aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart valve becomes stiff or narrowed, forcing the heart to pump harder to get blood through it. The decreased flow of blood increases pressure inside the heart and can cause blood to back up into the lungs. In severe cases, the brain and the body don't receive enough blood.

Some valve problems are harmless, but more serious cases can lead to heart failure, which accounts for approximately 300,000 deaths each year. Timely and appropriate treatment is the key to successful outcomes.

Symptoms: Breathlessness, chest pain, fainting, weakness, dizziness and heart palpitations.

Heart Center of the Rockies just became the second heart program in the Rocky Mountain region to perform a new, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves in patients who are too sick for open-heart surgery.

Heart Center of the Rockies, northern Colorado's largest heart program with 23 cardiologists and surgeons practicing at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, performed three transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures last week at Medical Center of the Rockies. University of Colorado Hospital in Denver last month became the first in the state to perform the procedure.

Medical Center of the Rockies and University of Colorado Hospital are both part of the new University of Colorado Health, which combines the best of community health with the best of academic medicine.

The Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve received Food and Drug Administration approval in November 2011. Heart Center of the Rockies was among a short, select list of heart programs chosen to offer the procedure.

"The people who benefit most from TAVR procedure are our more senior and frail patients with heart valve blockage," said Dr. Justin Strote, an interventional cardiologist with Heart Center of the Rockies. "TAVR reduces recovery time and helps save the lives of those within our sickest patient population. It's cutting-edge heart health innovation, and I am proud to be part of the team that was first to bring it to northern Colorado."

During the procedure, the replacement valve is crimped on to a catheter, inserted through a small incision in the upper thigh and then guided by a wire to the heart. The valve is then expanded by a balloon and implanted to replace the diseased aortic valve.

"TAVR provides an effective solution for many patients who require a replacement for their diseased aortic valve, but were previously deemed inoperable," said Dr. Mark Guadagnoli, a cardiovascular surgeon with Heart Center of the Rockies.

While there are some surgical components to the procedure, they are minimal and less invasive than open-heart surgery, said Dr. Mark Douthit, Heart Center of the Rockies cardiovascular surgeon.

Over the past few months, a Heart Center of the Rockies' TAVR team comprised of interventional and non-invasive cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and cardiac clinical support staff have been preparing to offer the procedure to patients in northern Colorado. Preparation included a hands-on, comprehensive training program at trial sites in both the United States and Canada.

"The selection had positive implications for our local patients," said Dr. Brad Oldemeyer, an interventional cardiologist at Heart Center of the Rockies. "We had known about the procedure but were forced to send patients clear across the country to have it done. This was a tremendous inconvenience to our patients and their families."

Individuals interested in learning if they might be a candidate for the TAVR procedure may contact the Heart Center of the Rockies valve clinic at 970.624.1833.

--UCH-- 

About Us
FAQ: Hepatitis C
PVHS-UCH partnership
Be a smart patient
About PVHS
Contact Us
History
Mission, Vision and Values
Charity Care
Communities We Serve
Leadership
Awards
Baldrige National Quality Award
Nonprofit Status
Center for Performance Excellence
Joint Ventures
Report a Problem
To Report a Problem to the Joint Commission
Institutional Review Board



Awards and Recognition


University of Colorado Health employees dedicate themselves to providing patients and other customers with world-class care and service. Outside organizations recognize that, calling University of Colorado Health's hospitals some of the best in Colorado and even the best in the nation. Some of those accolades are listed below:

 




Contact

University of Colorado Health
Fort Collins, Colorado
970.495.7000
PVHS@pvhs.org

 

© 2014 Poudre Valley Health System
Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map
University of Colorado Health