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TAVR, A Patient’s Story

Even in her late 80s, Tampa resident Marjorie Green enjoys an active lifestyle, but her heart wasn’t able to keep up with the rest of her body. Marjorie was one of thousands of Floridians suffering from severe aortic stenosis — a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart.

Unfortunately, age and other health complications did not allow Marjorie to undergo traditional open-heart aortic valve surgery, a procedure that repairs the valve so the heart can once again pump oxygen-rich blood through the body.

“My mom was destined to die of heart failure because of her aortic stenosis,” said Lesley Green, Marjorie’s daughter. “We were told there was nothing that could be done because she was inoperable. And then we got a call referring my mom to Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute because they were starting a brand new procedure. And it saved my mom’s life.”

The new procedure, known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), is performed in the Cath Lab at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute. The minimally invasive TAVR procedure is performed on a beating heart and does not require cardio-pulmonary bypass or opening the chest like traditional valve surgery.

“This is a significant breakthrough for those half-million patients currently suffering from severe stenosis; in the Tampa Bay area, we’re now able to help our patients extend their lives and quality of life,” said Dr. Marc Bloom, chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and part of the institute’s TAVR team.

“This new technology is truly incredible and helped save my mom’s life,” said Lesley Green, whose mother was one of the first TAVR patients at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute. “We were so blessed to discover Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and its cardiovascular expertise at the exact moment my mom needed their help. We’re looking forward to seeing my mom get back to her activities and enjoy a good quality of life that she deserves.”