Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital has achieved a milestone: the completion of its 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure with zero in-hospital mortalities.
“Our TAVR team is very proud of this milestone achievement,” says Imran N. Ahmad, MD, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Central DuPage Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “With the expansion of TAVR to low-risk surgical patients, we have experienced increases in physician referrals for evaluation for this minimally invasive therapy. Our program growth has successfully met this need in a safe and efficient manner. This accomplishment is reflective of the hard work and dedication that we provide to each of our patients. We are very proud of our excellent clinical outcomes”
During TAVR, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons thread an artificial valve to the heart via a catheter, or tube, inserted in the patient’s groin. The patient’s aortic valve is then