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TAVR Heart Valve Replacement

Sanford Health now offers patients in central and western North Dakota a new, minimally invasive treatment option for severe aortic stenosis. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, is a revolutionary procedure enabling our expert physicians to treat patients with aortic stenosis who previously were untreatable without open-heart surgery.

Each year, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease, and without an aortic valve replacement, 50 percent will not survive more than two years after onset of symptoms. With TAVR, our multidisciplinary team of fellowship-trained cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and anesthesiologists can place a collapsible replacement heart valve into the body via a catheter through the femoral artery and thread it up to the heart. In just 10 seconds while the heart is still beating, the valve is set in place of the old one, correcting the narrowing or blocked valve.

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CardioMEMSTM HF System

Patients with heart failure now have access to a new technology not available anywhere else in central and western North Dakota. The CardioMEMS™ HF system is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device, and has proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and improve quality of life.

The system includes a miniature wireless sensor – no bigger than a dime -  that is implanted into the pulmonary artery. It is designed to last the lifetime of the patients and requires no batteries. The sensor transmits blood pressure and heart rate data from inside the body, allowing your physician to proactively manage your medications and other treatment options while also providing an early indication of worsening heart failure.

Sanford physicians how have access to daily reading on how their patients are responding to medications and therapies. The information provided by the CardioMEMS system helps physician make proper adjustments to keep patients healthy, active and out of the hospital.

To contact the Bismarck Heart Team about either of these procedures call (701) 323-5202.