New Approach To Repairing Aortic Valve Means Quicker Recovery

You'll avoid open heart surgery this way

Dr. Deanna Lites
May 16, 2018 - 5:24 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) - More than 200,000 people in this country have chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath because of a faulty heart valve; the aortic valve. 

It can become stiff from calcium deposits as part of the aging process. Now some patients are getting relief through a minimally invasive procedure says WWJ health reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.

Traditional aortic valve replacement involves open heart surgery. But for those patients at high risk there's another option.

 "This procedure is done through catheters, usually through the groin and the catheter will deliver a valve," says Dr. Tim Logan interventional cardiologist at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens.  

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TVAR is another option. 

Dr. Logan says patients notice improvement right away.

"When you do open heart surgery, they have to recover for five to seven days in the hospital and then sever weeks to feel better, but with the catheter approach - they are home in two days and they feel instantly better."