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EMMC TAVR Team Celebrates #100!

A hearty congratulations to the EMMC TAVR team on performing its one-hundredth transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) earlier this month. The procedure is performed by highly trained cardiology staff for patients who are too high-risk for open heart surgery. During the TAVR procedure, physicians replace the aortic heart valve through a tiny incision in the femoral artery, located near the thigh. This approach results in less discomfort and a much faster recovery for patients.

“Having reached this incredible milestone, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this program, and how it helps patients in the community,” says Matthew McKay, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of structural heart services at EMMC. “The whole team has done a great job, and we couldn’t do it without their dedication to this program.”

EMMC’s TAVR program is featured in the 2016 EMHS Annual Report. A video entitled, The Perfect Candidate, tells the story of how this procedure helped to improve the quality of life for a man who just wanted the energy to tend to the animals on his farm.

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EMMC's TAVR team takes a moment to celebrate their achievements. The cake reads, "Congratulations TAVR team on your 100th patient".