Munson Health
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Munson Approved for New Heart Procedure

A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and other staff
do a dry run for a TAVR procedure using a SimMan.

Munson Approved for New Heart Procedure
Catheter-based technique helps certain aortic stenosis patients

As the regional referral center for 24 counties throughout northern Michigan, Munson Medical Center continues to provide leading-edge cardiovascular care.

In September, Munson Heart Center’s Structural Heart Clinic began offering a new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for some aortic stenosis patients. TAVR allows for the aortic valve to be replaced without open heart surgery. This less invasive technique typically requires a shorter hospital stay and patients experience a quicker recovery.

“Our Structural Heart Clinic brings together a team of physicians, nurses, and specialized staff who work collaboratively to determine the best plan of care for patients with structural heart disease who may be candidates for catheter-based procedures,” said Bob Stanton, director of Cardiovascular Services.

Munson is one of the few sites approved to perform the TAVR procedure. The catheter-based technique is an emerging technology which will continue to evolve with expanding applications to serve a broader group of patients.

The Structural Heart Clinic offers patients with severe valvular abnormalities the opportunity to be seen by physicians, surgeons, and nurses during a visit to the Daniel and Debra Edson Cardiac Diagnostic Suite at the Munson Heart Center.

By seeing patients in the Structural Heart Clinic, cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons can currently provide comprehensive patient treatment options for aortic stenosis, mitral disease, certain congenital heart defects, and perivalvular leaks.

“To be able to offer the TAVR procedure at Munson is really helpful for our patients and their families,” said interventional cardiologist Steven Mast, M.D., who is one of the physicians performing the procedure. “This enables their care to stay close to home.”

 “We are proud of our cardiology program and coronary bypass program, rated number one in the nation in 2011 and 2012, and are passionate about continuing to expand the continuum of cardiovascular care that is available to northern Michigan residents close to home,” Stanton said.