State-of-the-Art Cardiac Care at New Jersey’s Top Hospitals

February 1, 2017 11:28 AM

Hackensack University Medical Center
By Joseph Parrillo, M.D., Chairman, Heart & Vascular Hospital

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a revolutionary procedure to replace an aortic valve without the use of a heart-lung machine. It’s used in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not well enough to undergo traditional open heart surgery. In April 2012, HackensackUMC became the first facility in Bergen County to offer the TAVR procedure, and one of only a few select hospitals in the United States to perform this procedure on qualified patients. Since then, more than 200 patients have undergone the procedure at HackensackUMC, more than at any other hospital in Northern New Jersey. HackensackUMC was among the first in New Jersey to place a TAVR valve in patients with previous artificial valve replacements that were failing. HackensackUMC’s success rate has been higher and complication rates lower than the national averages for TAVR. In addition, HackensackUMC was the first hospital in New Jersey to be approved for both transapical TAVR (through a small incision in the chest) and trans-femoral TAVR (through a small incision in the leg), enabling more patients to be treated. HackensackUMC now has two different types of TAVR valves available to allow treatment of more patients with this revolutionary therapy. This cutting-edge procedure demonstrates HackensackUMC’s commitment to innovation and technology.

 

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