TAVR at Cooper: A minimally invasive way to heal the heart


William Pinto had been in and out of hospitals for over a year for various ailments that included pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs due to heart failure). He was unable to sleep lying down. His limbs were swollen and he was more and more short of breath. He was also dependent on oxygen 24 hours a day and on his family to take care of him. Mr. Pinto had a common heart condition that affects more than 300,000 people in the United States – aortic stenosis. A new revolutionary heart valve replacement procedure was offered to Mr. Pinto that would not require an open heart surgery. TAVR, or transcatheter aortic valve replacement, is a minimally invasive procedure that saved Mr. Pinto’s life and got him back to the blueberry farm where he spent much of his childhood.

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