DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Serving Southeast Texas for more than 65 years, Baptist Beaumont Hospital has had the opportunity to touch hearts and save lives. Having a long history of clinical excellence in cardiac care, we provide a variety of cardiac treatment options, ranging from radiofrequency ablation and angioplasty to coronary bypass and stent procedures. We are proud to be designated as a Certified Chest Pain Center and a Stroke Certified Hospital.
A remarkable organ
The human heart — small, fragile and powerful — is a remarkable structure. Valves constantly open and close to regulate blood flow. However, when a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve opening occurs, the normal flow of blood is restricted. This condition, called aortic stenosis (AS), is a progressive and a life-threatening disease. AS affects up to 7 percent of the population over age 65. If left untreated, 50 percent of symptomatic patients die within an average of two years. As a result, AS claims more than 25,000 lives nationwide each year. Although age is usually a factor, birth defects, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy can also cause the condition.
Another option for older patients
Baptist Beaumont Hospital is using a new therapy to treat AS called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This minimally invasive option is designed for patients who are older, too ill or too frail to undergo conventional openheart surgery. TAVR is performed in a specialized operating room by a specially trained heart team composed of both interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Our heart team works side-byside, screening patients, consulting on care decisions and performing procedures. (See "Help for valvular heart disease" for more information about this innovative procedure.)
People who undergo this less invasive form of heart valve replacement typically have a quicker recovery and a significant improvement in quality of life.
If you or a loved one needs advanced cardiac care, know your heart is in the right place at Baptist Beaumont Hospital. For more information, please call our Heart Hotline at (409) 212-TAVR (8287) to schedule an appointment in our Heart and Valve Clinic.
DNP, RN, NEA-BC