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Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement With TAVR / TAVI

What Sets Mercy’s TAVR / TAVI Program Apart

When replacing heart valves, you can’t replace experience. With a long history of excellence in minimally invasive heart valve replacements, The Heart Hospital at Mercy has been offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for moderate to critical / severe aortic stenosis since 2015.

First in Akron-Canton area to perform TAVR without general anesthesia

In 2016, our program became the first in the Akron-Canton area to perform TAVR without general anesthesia, allowing us to expand our care to include certain high-risk patients who may not be eligible for TAVR elsewhere, such as those with underlying conditions or other risk factors:

  • Age
  • Frailty
  • Co-morbidities like congestive heart failure and severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Chronic atrial fibrillation
  • Cancer in remission

That’s because TAVR itself—a non-surgical, minimally invasive catheter procedure developed for those at high risk for standard open heart surgery with sternotomy—normally requires general anesthesia.

Patients, including those who’ve had a previous aortic valve replacement, may qualify as a TAVR candidate at Mercy if standard heart valve replacement risks are significant or they have been turned down for TAVR with general anesthesia.

First in Ohio to offer same-day discharge after TAVR

Mercy was Ohio’s first to perform a TAVR with same-day discharge. Of those who can’t be released same day, most go home within 24 hours.

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TAVR team at Mercy takes careful approach

At Mercy, our goal is to help patients achieve the quality of life they deserve. Every case that may potentially benefit from a TAVR procedure undergoes a careful review by our comprehensive, long-standing team of interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and technologists to ensure appropriate care and to assess TAVI risks, prognosis, and recovery.

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Meet Some of Our TAVR Patients

Virginia Boyle, 97, Recovers Strength, Spirit After TAVR

High-risk TAVR patient Virginia Boyle after surgery at Mercy in CantonVirginia Boyle survived a heart attack at age 72. Living with her son in Ravenna, Ohio, at the time, she underwent a heart catheterization at an Akron hospital, returning five subsequent times for stents.

For nearly 25 years, her heart remained stable. Then, in January 2018 at the age of 95, the chest pain recurred. Over the next nearly two years, she was treated many times with stents. She gradually gave up her activities and eventually her hope—until she received a referral for TAVR at Mercy.

Read the rest of Virginia’s story on our blog.

Mercy TAVR Patient, Age 88, Can Breathe Easy Again

Jane Coleman found it hard to breathe. She had little energy and always felt tired. A widow and resident of an independent living facility in North Canton, Jane had started paying for extra help with household chores, such as changing her bed sheets.

Most would say this isn’t unusual for people of Jane’s age (she’ll be 89 by the end of February 2020) or with her diagnoses (atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure). But Jane had two physicians who believed she still deserved and could have a better quality of life.

Read the rest of Jane’s story on our blog.