Apollo Hospitals Cures 86-year-old With Advanced TAVI Procedure

With advanced age, open heart surgery is not a feasible option and TAVI, a safer, minimally invasive procedure is the method of choice to replace the damaged aortic valve

Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai successfully carried out an advanced procedure, Trans Catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), to replace the damaged heart valve of an 86-year-old man.

The patient was a resident of Mumbai, had a severely narrowed heart valve (Aortic Stenosis) that restricted blood flow. He had symptoms of hypertension and ischaemic heart disease and was also pre-diabetic. In addition to his advanced age, the case was complicated by a history of heart problems, including blockage in the arteries treated by coronary bypass surgery. After evaluation of the patient’s condition, the cardiology team at it was decided to use a new valve system called ACURATE neo2 to replace the damaged valve.  

Dr Rahul Gupta, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Rhythm Disorders, and Valve expert (Certified Implanter Medtronic and Meril) at Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai said, "The patient had Aortic Stenosis, a condition where the main valve in the heart that controls the flow of blood out of the heart and into the rest of the body becomes narrow and doesn't open properly. Also, the calcification was very hard and stiff and in a tricky spot, making the case very risky. Our patient had multiple confounding factors which made selecting the suitable valve difficult. After much deliberation, we decided to perform TAVI using the ACURATE neo2 valve system, which was a perfect fit for Mr. Ahire. This is only the second case in Maharashtra and the first in Navi Mumbai to use the state-of-the-art valve. I have been ably assisted by my team comprising of Dr Charan Reddy and Dr Rajesh Matta on this case.” 

As we age, our heart valves become damaged and may not function as well as they should. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve that restricts blood flow from the heart to the body. TAVI is a less invasive option for treating this problem, and it has a faster recovery time as compared to traditional open-heart surgery.

With advanced age, open heart surgery is not a feasible option and TAVI, a safer, minimally invasive procedure is the method of choice to replace the damaged aortic valve with a new one, providing a safe and effective alternative that offers patients a faster recovery time and improved quality of life. TAVI requires experienced interventional cardiologists trained in structural heart procedures. 

Santosh Marathe, Regional CEO – Western Region, Apollo Hospitals said, “Our cardiology team has an expert cardiologist who is a certified implanter to conduct such complex procedures as well as an expert certified for pacemaker procedures. The advanced TAVI procedure is a ray of hope for patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis who cannot go in for an open heart surgery due to their age or other reasons. We are proud of our clinical team for successfully performing this procedure using the latest ACURATE neo2 valve system.”  

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