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When it comes to your heart, experience matters

Heart valve disease affects millions of people in the US and historically open-heart surgery has been the only treatment option.  Spectrum Health has cutting-edge technology and minimally invasive procedure options to treat heart valve disease, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

Spectrum Health is one of the highest volume TAVR centers in Michigan. The experience and high number of procedures we perform translates into high quality care and improved outcomes for patients.

With a TAVR procedure, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work together to replace the aortic valve with a prosthetic valve via a transcatheter approach (less invasive).  This procedure utilizes a collapsible valve implanted percutaneously, and is indicated for patients at low, intermediate, high, or extreme risk for open-heart surgery.  


Benefits of TAVR

Because TAVR procedures are less invasive than other surgical options, our patients experience the following benefits:
Easier and more rapid recovery time
Shorter length of stay 
Reduced surgical complications compared with traditional open-heart surgery
TAVR patients are eligible for the embolic protection device called Sentinel.  The Sentinel device reduces risk of stroke
    during a TAVR procedure.

Certified by the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Spectrum Health’s Structural Heart and Valve Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures. Spectrum Health was awarded Transcatheter Valve Certification in May 2020 based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance. Spectrum Health is the first in the state of Michigan. 

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