WVU Health Report: TAVR Procedure - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

WVU Health Report: TAVR Procedure

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Several arrests made, over 250 marijuana plants located, in Meigs County, OH

    Several arrests made, over 250 marijuana plants located, in Meigs County, OH

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:12:04 GMT
    Missy Walker Priddy, Van Prince Jr., Danny Walker, Scott Nickels, Danny Morgan, Kayla King, Wesley Gilker, and Anthony Gilliam Missy Walker Priddy, Van Prince Jr., Danny Walker, Scott Nickels, Danny Morgan, Kayla King, Wesley Gilker, and Anthony Gilliam
    Several arrests were made, as well as over 250 marijuana plants were located, in Meigs County, Ohio.
    Several arrests were made, as well as over 250 marijuana plants were located, in Meigs County, Ohio.
  • Police: Woman Had Naked Man on Leash on Route 40

    Police: Woman Had Naked Man on Leash on Route 40

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:08 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:08:50 GMT
    Indecent exposure charges may be filed against one man after authorities say he was being led nude on a dog leash by a woman along Route 40.
    Indecent exposure charges may be filed against one man after authorities say he was being led nude on a dog leash by a woman along Route 40.
  • Alpha announces 11 possible mine closures, more than 1,000 layoffs in WV

    Alpha announces 11 possible mine closures, more than 1,000 layoffs in WV

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:44:50 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources announced July 31 that 11 affiliated coal mines and other facilities in West Virginia could be idled by mid-October, potentially causing 1,100 to be laid off. 
    Alpha Natural Resources announced July 31 that 11 affiliated coal mines and other facilities in West Virginia could be idled by mid-October, potentially causing 1,100 to be laid off. 
MORGANTOWN, WV -

Patients who are too sick to withstand open heart surgery now have a new life- saving option.  It's called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

Charles Richardson, 86, had aortic stenosis. His aortic heart valve had severely narrowed and needed to be replaced but he was too sick for open heart surgery. Luckily, Richardson was a good candidate for the new, less invasive heart valve replacement procedure. "Before I had the procedure, I was dead tired, fatigued all the time, short of breath," said Richardson.

"We put a small needle in the groin and then we upsize that to a bigger size sheath. And through that sheath we are able to advance this valve that's cramped on a balloon up though the aorta into the old valve, and then place the new valve inside the old valve," according to Dr. Wissam Gharib, a cardiologist from the WVU Heart Institute. The procedure's main benefit is for inoperable patients to relieve stenosis from the valve. "The other benefit is that high risk patients now have another option of having a procedure that carries the same benefit of a minimally invasive fashion to get this valve replaced," said Gharib.

The TAVR procedure also requires a shorter recovery time and most patients feel relief almost immediately. " I could certainly tell the difference when I became conscious after this procedure. I was 100 percent better. Amazing," said Richardson.