The cardiology team at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, has completed its first Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) case, becoming the first hospital between Sacramento and Fresno to perform this procedure.
For people who cannot undergo surgery, TMVR provides a minimally invasive option for treating the most common form of mitral valve leakage. TMVR can improve quality of life without open-heart surgery in high-risk patients.
“A leak in the mitral valve occurs when the flaps, or doors, do not close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart as it pumps,” explained Dr. Talwinderdeep Kahlon, Interventional Cardiologist at Doctors Medical Center. “The heart has to work harder, as a result, to keep blood flowing and can raise the risk for heart failure and death. More importantly, it significantly impacts patients’ quality of life.”
When a mitral valve leakage becomes severe, it can profoundly affect a person’s quality of life by causing shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and other debilitating symptoms. TMVR offers a safe and effective treatment option.
“Offering this procedure right here in the Central Valley means heart patients no longer have to travel to surrounding areas for treatment,” Dr. Kahlon said. “This not only positively impacts the patient, but their support system as well.”
Some additional Tenet hospitals that offer TMVR include Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Palmetto General Hospital in Florida.
Photo Caption: Cardiology team at Doctors Medical Center