New Option for Patients with Heart Disease

July 11th, 2016

Patients who are either too sick or otherwise at high-risk for traditional aortic heart surgery may now have another option.

Doctors at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo are using a new procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a less invasive treatment that may be the right approach for some patients with aortic valve disease. Instead of opening up the chest cavity to completely remove the diseased aortic valve, TAVR allows for the placement of a new valve by inserting it within your diseased aortic valve using a catheter.

Our own Dr. Nadeem U. Haq, a specialist in Interventional Cardiology with Cardiology Group of Western New York, provides this procedure as an option for his patients who qualify.

"TAVR may be appropriate for some patients with a medical history that prevents them from undergoing traditional open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement."

According to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease involving the valves and specifically aortic stenosis (AS) is under reported. The symptoms of AS are often subtle, but eventually angina, or even heart failure can develop over time.

Some symptoms associated with aortic stenosis may include:

  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

After the onset of symptoms, the average survival rate is 2-3 years with a high risk of sudden death.

You can learn more about our cardiology services, including the TAVR procedure, here. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Haq, call 1-800-639-HEART