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Barnabas Health Heart Centers Perform Milestone 100 TAVR Heart Valve Treatments

09/10/2013

The Barnabas Health Valve Center, located at Newark Beth Israel and Saint Barnabas Medical Centers, is the first cardiac program in New Jersey to perform 100 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. It is also one of the top 10 centers in the nation in the number of TAVRs performed and has achieved excellent outcomes in this minimally invasive treatment for aortic stenosis.

When you consider that in a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart valve opens and closes more than 2.5 billion times, it is not surprising that those valves may stiffen or weaken over the years. Aortic stenosis reduces the valve’s ability to open and close completely and can cause severe shortness of breath, chest pain and weakness. Without an aortic valve replacement, approximately 50 percent of people with aortic stenosis will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms.

Just a few years ago, the only treatment for aortic stenosis was open heart surgery. The catheter-based TAVR procedure offers treatment opportunity for many people who are not eligible for open heart surgery due to other medical conditions or advanced age. TAVR has been shown to dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life.

Experience Counts
TAVR is a highly technical procedure requiring the skill and experience of a multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists working side-by-side where they deliver the synthetic valve on the tip of a catheter. While they are proud of their technical skills, the Valve Center team attributes its extraordinary success with TAVR - and the full range of other heart valve treatments - to its comprehensive and collaborative evaluation of each patient’s unique diagnosis, heart anatomy, age and lifestyle. Comprised of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac imaging specialists, vascular surgeons and an cardiac advanced practice nurse, the team comes together, along with the patient’s own doctor, to review each case from every angle to determine the most appropriate treatment that will yield the best possible outcome. This multidisciplinary approach to care makes the Barnabas Health Heart Centers a model of today’s most progressive cardiac centers.

PARTNER II Trial
Due to its success with the FDA-approved TAVR treatment modality, the Barnabas Health Valve Center was recently selected among a premier group of cardiac centers in the US, to participate in the PARTNER II TRIAL that is studying the use of TAVR in a broader range of patients. In addition to being able to extend the opportunity for TAVR to patients who may not be eligible for it at other cardiac centers, the trial provides physicians with more advanced and variable-sized valves that allow them to customize the TAVR procedure to each patient’s anatomy.

Bringing Broader Access to NJ Residents
To ensure that residents from throughout the state have access to TAVR, Barnabas Health Valve Center conducts cardiac evaluations and follow-up care at two locations—Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Heart and Lung Specialty Center at Toms River. To contact the Barnabas Health Valve Center or learn more about TAVR, call the Barnabas Health Heart Centers at 1-888-658-2581 or visit barnabashealth.org/heartcenters.

About Barnabas Health Heart Centers
The Barnabas Health Heart Centers offer a single comprehensive adult and pediatric cardiac program with locations throughout New Jersey. Our network of cardiac specialists treats patients close to home with advanced technologies and the benefits of cutting-edge cardiac research.

From heart disease prevention programs and the finest emergency heart attack care to cardiac catheterization, minimally invasive valve implantation, complex cardiac surgery and heart transplant, Barnabas Health Heart Centers are nationally recognized for excellence. Barnabas Health Heart Centers are located at Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Kimball Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Hackettstown, Heart and Lung Specialty Center at Toms River, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Bayonne, and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Pediatric Specialty Center at Edison.

Date: September 10, 2013

Contact: Caren Malone
Public Relations Department
Barnabas Health Heart Center
973-322-4017
cmalone@barnabashealth.org

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