Since the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program began in 2012, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has given 1,000 guests hope for life with a new aortic valve. The hospital celebrated an important milestone — its 1,000th TAVR procedure — on November 15, 2017.
During the procedure, physicians use catheters to guide a new valve from a small incision in the groin up into the heart. This approach gives those with aortic valve stenosis who are high or intermediate surgical risk an option for treatment when they otherwise may not have qualified for traditional surgery.
In the last five years, the number of TAVR cases at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has increased to almost 250 a year, setting the hospital up as a leader in advancing the technology through research and quality outcomes.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.