HVI Celebrates 300th TAVR Procedure at University Hospital

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Augusta, Ga.) – University Hospital’s multi-disciplinary Structural Heart Clinic and the staff of the Heart & Vascular Institute celebrated the successful treatment of the 300th TAVR patient at a special event from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the main lobby of University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is for select patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) who are not candidates for traditional open chest surgery or are high-risk candidates. TAVR is performed on a beating heart and does not require cardiopulmonary bypass. Approved in November 2011, University was the first and remains the only hospital in the region to offer this lifesaving procedure. This life-saving procedure that has changed the lives of families across the CSRA, and our first 300 patients have been invited to celebrate this momentous occasion and look to the future of heart care in our region.

Timothy Hunter, M.D., medical director of University Hospital's cardiothoracic surgery, remarked during the event about the remarkable growth the program has seen over the past five years.

"When we first started (the program), there might have been two people a week," he said. "Now, there's 30-40 a day, and we have eight more TAVRs scheduled for next week."