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.
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