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Heart Valve Clinic (TAVR)

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Heart Valve Clinic on October 15. This effort represents the joint commitment of Asante, cardiothoracic surgeons at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, and cardiologists at Southern Oregon Cardiology to provide state-of-the-art care for our patients with valvular heart disease. The Heart Valve Clinic is a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that includes cardiothoracic surgeons (Charles Carmeci, MD, and David Folsom, MD), interventional cardiologists (Kent Dauterman, MD, and Mark Moran, MD), a cardiologist with expertise in advanced imaging (Nathan Funk, MD), and the valve program coordinator (Angel Cross, RN). Patients are evaluated in a single clinic visit.

Our initial efforts are directed toward providing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered inoperable or at high risk for standard surgical valve replacement. We use the Edwards SAPIEN valve, which was the first TAVR system approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. We will initially use transfemoral vascular access before expanding to transapical and transaortic access for individuals whose anatomy precludes a transfemoral approach (e.g., small iliac arteries). It is our intent to offer a percutaneous approach for management of mitral regurgitation using a mitral clip in the future.

We would like to evaluate all potential candidates for TAVR. You may refer patients by contacting the Asante valve program coordinator at (541) 789-5802 or by email at HeartValveClinic@asante.org.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center has a long history of excellence in cardiac care. We look forward to continuing our commitment to that goal and working with you to provide the very best care for your patients.

Annoucement for the Asante Heart Valve Clinic

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center offers a safe and effective procedure for those with severe aortic stenosis. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) involves placing a new aortic valve into the body via a catheter inserted through a small incision in the leg or chest, guided to the heart through the circulatory system. TAVR can offer a much shorter recovery time of 1-2 weeks versus 6-8 weeks with the traditional sternotomy (open chest surgery).

To find out if you are a candidate for TAVR, call (541) 789-5802 or email the clinic at HeartValveClinic@asante.org.

Learn more about TAVR at Heart.org>>

The Benefits of TAVR:

  • Performed without stopping the heart
  • No need for cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Minimally invasive procedure that can result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time

Qualifications for Potential Candidates:

Patients with severe aortic stenosis with a history of:

  • Previous sternotomy
  • Previous radiation to the chest
  • Porcelain (calcified) aorta
  • Cerebral or peripheral vascular disease, lung disease, chronic kidney disease, or other coexisting medical conditions
  • and anyone who is otherwise deemed too high risk for traditional surgical aortic valve replacement

What is Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic stenosis

The aorta is the main artery that carries blood out of the heart to the rest of the body. Blood flows out of the heart and into the aorta through the aortic valve. In aortic stenosis, the aortic valve does not open fully. This decreases blood flow from the heart.

(content from Medline: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000178.htm )

TAVR Procedure Video

Edwards SAPIEN XT Transfemoral Procedure Animation

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using a transfemoral approach to the aortic valve. Animation by Edwards Lifesciences (tm) LLC, Irvine, CA


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As the largest health care provider in nine counties, Asante provides comprehensive medical care to more than 600,000 people throughout southern Oregon and northern California. Our facilities include Asante Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners and additional health care partnerships throughout the region.