Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists completes its 100th TAVR!

Congratulations to James Garnett, MD Charles Phillips, MD and Charles Zacharias, MD of Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists who conducted their 100th TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) case at HCA Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. 

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the aortic valve by inserting a replacement valve into the old, damaged valve.  TAVR is a treatment option for severe aortic valve stenosis.  Aortic valve stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows.  This prevents the valve from opening fully and obstructs blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.   As the aortic valve narrows, the heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body which can eventually weaken your heart muscle. 

It is estimated that 7% of people age 65 or older are impacted by aortic stenosis.  It is more likely to affect men than women, as 80% of adults with symptomatic aortic stenosis are male.  After the onset of symptoms, patients with severe aortic stenosis have a survival rate as low as 50% at 2 years and 20% at 5 years without an aortic valve replacement (reference new heart valve.com).

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