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The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Achieves Landmark Heart Surgery Success December 10, 2019

Lake Charles, Louisiana – In December, the Heart Team at the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St Patrick Hospital a reached a milestone of heart care treatment, performing their 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure (TAVR). The 100th TAVR case was performed by a team that included Thomas Mulhearn, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, and Xavier Mousset, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon. The TAVR team also includes interventional cardiologists Corey Foster, M.D. and Brett Goodwin, M.D.

“TAVR provides a unique option for patients who are not good candidates for traditional open-heart surgery,” said Corey Foster, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital. “The minimally invasive surgical procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve.”

“As the first heart team in Southwest Louisiana to offer the TAVR procedure, we were able to expand the continuum of care available for heart patients in the region. To reach the mark of performing 100 successful surgeries is a tremendous benchmark for excellence,” said Kevin Holland, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.

CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana builds upon years of pioneering heart care in the region and is cultivating a new era in improved cardiac care and patient safety. This new approach to heart care incorporates the latest technologies and processes, while also including healing concepts and patient-centered features that involve the family along with medical staff to ensure the best possible outcomes.

“We are excited that our highly skilled team offers TAVR, as it provides an option for patients to improve their quality of life when their treatment options are limited,” said Dr. Foster. “It is a state-of-the-art procedure that fits into our comprehensive model of caring for the whole patient: mind, body and spirit.”

CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital performs the highest volume of minimally invasive treatments in Southwestern Louisiana and is a renowned for its high quality of care. Recently, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association for outstanding heart care.

“The growth and development of our cardiothoracic surgery team and their expertise enables us to serve a wider range of patients more effectively, drawing on each of our unique resources,” said Holland. “The proven success of our providers, nurses and Associates; our commitment to quality; and our safety records offer our patients truly world-class care. And the TAVR is one more tool in the figurative belt of a truly comprehensive heart care program.”

The TAVR procedures were successful in replacing the aortic valve of the patients, several of whom suffered from severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, an inability of the aortic valve to open. Similar to when a stent is placed into an artery, the TAVR procedure involves advancing a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter, which is guided to the chambers of the heart. Once the new replacement valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve out of the way and the replacement valve functions to regulate proper blood flow. The TAVR procedure is performed under conscious sedation and is usually completed in less than two hours.