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Structural Heart Disease

AnMed Health offers the latest minimally-invasive treatments for structural heart disease.

TAVR — Helping patients in need of aortic valve replacement

TAVR is a treatment option for many patients who previously had no other options or were at high risk for conventional open heart surgery. With TAVR, physicians now can use a minimally-invasive approach that provides outcomes that are as good, or sometimes better, than surgical valve replacement.

Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve, with an estimated 250,000 patients having severe aortic stenosis. Studies show that without an aortic valve replacement, more than 50 percent of patients with severe aortic stenosis will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms.

Aortic stenosis often develops into debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal day-to-day activities such as walking short distances or climbing stairs. Some patients may experience chest pain, fainting, lightheadedness and extreme fatigue.

After treatment, patients typically see an immediate improvement in quality of life, and are able to resume light exercise after just one month.

WATCHMAN™ — Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

The WATCHMAN implant makes it possible for some long-term warfarin patients to stop taking the medication. Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and who struggle with warfarin, are candidates for the device.

For patients with AF, sometimes called A-Fib, the device can help reduce the risk of AF-related stroke. The WATCHMAN implant closes off an area of the heart where harmful blood clots can form in AF patients. When the device in implanted, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

About half of potential warfarin patients are not being treated with the drug because of side effects or because they do not take the medication as prescribed. Implanting WATCHMAN is a one-time procedure. Ask your doctor for more information.

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) catheter repair