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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - INTEGRIS Heart Hospital Offers Non-Surgical Treatment for Aortic Valve Stenosis
Establishes Heart Valve Clinic to Handle Such Cases

OKLAHOMA CITY - INTEGRIS Heart Hospital is one of very few hospitals in the nation approved to perform a new non-surgical treatment for aortic valve stenosis, which is the narrowing of the aortic valve within the heart.

The procedure, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, uses a bovine prosthetic valve mounted inside a stent that is placed via catheter through either the femoral artery in the leg, or through a small incision in the side of the chest. This method drastically reduces the risk of morbidity and mortality from traditional open-heart surgery, negating the need for cardiopulmonary bypass and prolonged anesthesia.

It is ideal for patients like Charles “Bob” Fitzpatrick who suffered from non-operable aortic stenosis. Fitzpatrick is 91 years old and it was believed he would not survive the typical surgery used to correct this problem. “My way of life was not very good,” says Fitzpatrick, “I was going downhill fast.” His shortness of breath was worsening and he would have to stop and rest multiple times during the simplest of tasks.

Fitzpatrick was the first patient at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center to receive the non-surgical treatment option in May 2012. He was in the hospital for three days and says he never needed pain medication. Fitzpatrick is doing much better today. He even rides an exercise bike for sixty minutes three times a week.

For every patient, like Bob, being treated for aortic valve stenosis, it’s estimated there is another patient who remains undiagnosed. That is why INTEGRIS Heart Hospital recently established the INTEGRIS Heart Valve Clinic to address this growing problem.

“The consequences of not treating aortic stenosis are dire,” said Jeffrey Sparling, M.D., a cardiologist with INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, who participated in the clinical trials for the procedure during his time at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “The average survival of patients with the condition who are experiencing symptoms and do not receive treatment is only two years, and the five-year survival rate is less than 20 percent. Unfortunately these patients may not be aware that they are ill, because they may confuse the symptoms of aortic stenosis with the assumed effects of aging.”

Interested parties can call 405-596-2771 for more information.