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TAVR Program

Because of its sterling reputation, the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute was chosen as one of the first sites to offer the FDA-approved Edwards SAPIEN Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) as a treatment option for patients with high-risk or inoperable, severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. Ours is the only facility in the tri-county region—and one of just two Florida Hospital campuses—to offer TAVR. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace the defective valve, and is usually performed either through the leg or through a small incision in the ribs.

Our TAVR team is comprised of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. These experts can provide focused assessments and treatment options for patients with complex valve disorders.

For more information or to see if you are a candidate for TAVR, please call the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s cardiac care coordinator, Heather Seckel, ARNP, at (407) 303-8886, or contact us online .

About TAVR

Florida Hospital Orlando was one of the first sites anywhere to offer the innovative TAVR procedure for certain patients with high-risk or inoperable, severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis.

Aortic valve stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve does not fully open, decreasing the flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body. In severe cases, this condition, which can be the result of infection, a congenital defect, rheumatic heart disease or simply the aging process, can be life threatening. The TAVR approach is a minimally invasive way to replace the aortic valve and restore the heart’s normal function.

There are currently two ways to perform a TAVR. In the transfemoral TAVR approach, the new valve is inserted through an artery that is accessed via a small incision in the leg. In the transapical TAVR approach, meanwhile, the incision point is near the ribs.

For more information or to see if you are a candidate for TAVR, please call the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s cardiac care coordinator, Heather Seckel, ARNP, at (407) 303-8886, or contact us online .

The TAVR Team

Florida Hospital Orlando is renowned for the dedicated, expert physicians and staff members it offers patients. The same holds true for our Center for Valve Therapies, a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in assessing and treating patients with complex valve disorders. The Center for Valve Therapies utilizes a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, combining the work of referring physicians, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide patients with the best clinical care possible.

Our TAVR team is comprised of seven physicians who are experts in this procedure— Kevin Accola, MDJose Arias, MDNipun Arora, MDSandeep Bajaj, MDHartmuth Bittner, MDJorge Suarez-Cavalier, MD,  and Andrew Taussig, MD.

For more information or to see if you are a candidate for TAVR, please call the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s cardiac care coordinator, Heather Seckel, ARNP, at (407) 303-8886, or contact us online .

Duyane’s Story

In late 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved the TAVR approach to replace a defective aortic heart valve. Soon after that, Florida Hospital Orlando was chosen to be one of the first sites to perform this cutting-edge procedure.

Our first TAVR patient was Duyane Hoffman. Just a few years ago, patients like Duyane would have had to undergo a traditional, open surgery to repair a stiff or calcified aortic valve. But Duyane was in his early 90s. At his age he wasn’t a candidate for traditional surgery. Our TAVR team, however, was there to help. Duyane had his aortic valve replaced through a catheter threaded into the heart through an artery in the groin.

Click here to watch Duyane’s story. For seniors who are active and otherwise healthy, the TAVR procedure can add quality years to their lives.

For more information or to see if you are a candidate for TAVR, please call the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s cardiac care coordinator, Heather Seckel, ARNP, at (407) 303-8886, or contact us online.

Appointments

If you would like to find out more about the TAVR approach, or see if you might be a candidate for this procedure, Heather Seckel, ARNP, the cardiac care coordinator at the Center for Transcatheter Valve Therapies, would have happy to speak with you. You may reach her at (407) 303-8886, or contact us online.

The Center for Transcatheter Valve Therapies is currently accepting applicants for the TAVR approach. Patients eligible for this therapy have severe, inoperable or high-risk aortic stenosis and are experiencing cardiac symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest discomfort.