Rex Team Offers TAVR Option for Aortic Stenosis
Rex Healthcare is excited to offer patients a new treatment option for severe aortic valve stenosis, a condition that numerous studies report is under treated. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, procedure (also referred to as TAVI, for “implantation”) is an alternative to open heart surgery and is appropriate for many patients who are not candidates for traditional surgery.
Rex Healthcare has assembled a transfemoral aortic valve replacement team to offer TAVR, a highly effective treatment option for selected non-surgical, high risk aortic valve patients.
TAVR procedures are performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Rex Healthcare’s main campus in Raleigh, N.C.
We welcome your questions and referrals: (919) 784-1321 or email@example.com
Rex’s Transfemoral Cardiac Valve Team
Our Transfemoral Cardiac Valve Team includes highly experienced physicians, published researchers and medical educators. Their expertise spans from diagnostic to surgical innovations, and their specializations include:
Maximizing TAVR therapy requires a conducive, synchronized team approach. In addition to assembling this experienced team, we have worked closely with heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences to align equipment and services and to consult with our physicians performing the TAVR procedure.
TAVR and your patients
To refer your patients for evaluation for TAVR and other treatment options, please contact us at (919) 784-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAVR will not be an option for all patients. Those who are clearly candidates for surgery should be referred directly for conventional aortic valve replacement surgery.
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However, patients who are considered marginal or poor surgical candidates may find a higher degree of benefit from TAVR. Specifically, consider referring patients who are:
Aortic stenosis is undertreated
As reported by the PARTNER study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (October 2010), aortic stenosis is undertreated:
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us to work collaboratively to provide optimal care for patients with aortic valve stenosis.
PARTNER study leads FDA to approve TAVR
Based on landmark results of the PARTNER study (New England Journal of Medicine, October 2010), our team anticipated FDA approval for the TAVR procedure in late 2011. The PARTNER study evaluated Edwards Lifesciences’ SAPIEN heart valve system. While conventional aortic valve replacement therapy will remain the gold standard, this technology allows us to offer the public the first transfemoral aortic valve replacement approach.
The PARTNER study
PARTNER examined these patients, all deemed high risk for open heart surgery, with mean age of 83, 93 percent with NYHA Class III/IV symptoms, and often with depressed LV function. Researchers randomized the group to medical therapy or transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Results of randomized trial:
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