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Forrest General Heart and Vascular Services completes 200th TAVR procedure - Forrest Health
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    Published on June 22, 2018

    Forrest General Heart and Vascular Services completes 200th TAVR procedure

    The cardiologists at Forrest General Hospital recently completed their 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at the facility.

    “The TAVR procedure has been a life-saving technology for so many patients, because it opens up an opportunity for aortic valve replacement for patients that were not candidates for open heart surgery. This milestone is a testament to the tremendous structural heart team we have in place at Forrest General and the quality of care we provide to South Mississippi,” said Christopher Douglas, MD, cardiologist.

    The TAVR procedure is ideal for inoperable patients with severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis and whose existing co-morbidities would not prevent the expected benefit from correction of the aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis refers to the narrowing of the valve opening, which restricts blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta. Aortic valve stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve diseases.

    “I’ve always wanted to be my own man and take care of myself. I’ve never liked for people to have to do things for me. Having the surgery set my life back in order again. It made me feel independent again. I don’t have to depend on everyone else to do stuff for me. I can do stuff for myself,” said James Myles, patient who has undergone the TAVR procedure.

    Current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease indicates AVR for all patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis. Without replacement of the aortic valve, this disease is life-threatening and previous studies have shown that 50 percent of patients will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms.

    The valve is delivered by a catheter-based approach without dividing the sternum or opening the chest or the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. Forrest General is one of a select number of sites currently offering this treatment.

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    CAPTION: Pictured: left to right: Edmund Bagingito, MD; L. Carr McClain, MD, FACS; Robert Wilkins, MD, FACC; Robert Robbins, MD, FACS, FCCP, RPVI; Christopher Douglas, MD, FACC, FSCAI; James Kot, MD, FACS; Randel Smith, MD, FACC; G. Josh Blair, MD, FACC.

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