Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Interventional Cardiology

Patients with structural heart disease benefit from minimally invasive, collaborative approach

With age, injury and even infection, the structure of your heart can change. Sometimes, these changes affect valves that either don’t let enough blood pass or leak when the powerful muscle of the heart contracts, sending blood backward. It’s a complicated issue, and unlike other heart conditions, isn’t caused by diet, smoking or even genetics….

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Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Heart Failure

10 Louisville-area heart failure patients benefit from new implant program

The 10 Louisville-area heart failure patients who received implanted mechanical pumps through Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s launch and certification of a ventricular assist device (VAD) program share that they’re experiencing a better quality of life or are hopeful that they will. For many, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) option offered an alternative to…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, NCMA, Norton Now

Annual physical reveals serious heart condition

Barry Barmore had been getting his annual physicals, and the routine had become familiar. Blood pressure, reflexes, lots of poking and prodding. “I never expected to hear anything serious from my exam,” Barry said. His primary care provider, Alice H. Johnson, M.D., an internal medicine specialist at Norton Community Medical Associates – Audubon East LL2,…

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Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Interventional Cardiology, News

TAVR vs. open heart surgery: What are the differences?

The minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure — once thought appropriate only for the sickest aortic stenosis patients — increasingly is being used as an alternative to open heart surgery valve replacement. TAVR is an option now for nearly all patients. “With TAVR, we’re able to place the new valve by entering through…

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Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Interventional Cardiology, Newsjacking

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an alternative to open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve. Interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute team up to conduct a TAVR procedure. Performed though a catheter, it requires only a short hospital stay – often just one night. Many patients report improvement in…

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