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Valve Clinic

For more information about our Valve Clinic, call 320-293-0750 or email us.

The Valve Clinic at CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center offers an innovative treatment option for heart valve disease. For nearly two years, our team has performed Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) on patients who are at high risk or not candidates for open heart surgery.

The team includes the patient, cardiologists and heart surgeons, working together on the best plan of care. This collaborative approach allows us to offer treatment for patients with complex valve disease who before had no other options.

TAVR involves implanting a bioprosthetic aortic valve through an artery in the groin (transfemoral). If we are unable to use an artery, the procedure can be done using other access routes. In many cases, TAVR is an excellent, less invasive option for those without other options.

Our multidisciplinary Valve Clinic brings this new technology to St. Cloud and the surrounding communities of Central Minnesota. We offer all of the diagnostic testing and consultation in one location, but also extend our Valve Clinic services to our outreach sites. Our program has grown quickly, doing 50 implants in our first year, making St. Cloud Hospital one of the largest programs in the state. Given our great success, on June 19, 2014, we performed the first commercial implant of the next generation Sapien XT valve in the Midwest.

Heart Valve Disease

Aortic Stenosis — In older adults, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is often caused by the build-up of calcium (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets (flaps of tissue that open and close to regulate the one-way flow of blood through the aortic valve). This build-up of calcium on the leaflets harms the aortic valve’s ability to fully open and close. As a result, less oxygen-rich blood flows from the lungs to the brain and rest of the body. It may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath and tiredness.

Candidates for TAVR

If you have been told that open heart surgery is too great a risk or high risk for treating your aortic stenosis, you may be a candidate for TAVR. Please contact us, and our team will see if the TAVR procedure is right for you.

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