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Cooper Heart Valve Center Is New Jersey Leader in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Offering ground-breaking technology and unmatched expertise, the Cooper Heart Valve Center has rapidly become the top site in the state, and one of the top five commercial sites in the nation for the performance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR.

“Cooper has assembled a multi-disciplinary team that is a model for sites across the nation,” says Zoltan G. Turi, MD, Director of the Cooper TAVR and Structural Heart Disease Programs. “Our team includes surgeons, interventional cardiologists, echocardiographers, a radiologist, cardiac anesthesiologists, and physician assistants, who work together at many stages of the process, including a joint meeting on the days we perform TAVRs to review the cases in detail.”

Read more about TAVR in Cooper’s South Jersey Medical Report.

TAVR is only one of the structural heart disease repair opportunities the Cooper Heart Institute’s Heart Valve Center has planned for 2013. The hybrid room capabilities will allow Cooper to offer a new option for a-fib patients avoiding anticoagulation and a minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedure.

New Treatment Option for A-Fib Patients Avoiding Anticoagulation

The Cooper Heart Institute is the first site in the region to offer an innovative catheter-based atrial appendage occlusion treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation who are unable or unwilling to be anticoagulated. Unlike earlier procedures (also pioneered at Cooper) that were designed for patients who were able to take anticoagulants, the LARIAT™ device is FDA approved for all patients with atrial fibrillation, whether or not they can be anticoagulated. The LARIAT™ leaves no device inside the heart at all.

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair for Complex Patients

Cooper’s cardiothoracic surgeons lead the region in the successful repairs of mitral valves using minimally invasive techniques. Now the gold standard for treating mitral valve disease, minimally invasive valve repair requires a high level of expertise and a dedicated team approach to the care of these patients. Cooper’s cardiothoracic surgeons Frank W. Bowen III, MD, Richard Y. Highbloom, MD FACS, and Michael Rosenbloom, MD, FACS, FACC – have performed the most minimally invasive mitral valve repair cases in South Jersey with more than 76 percent of isolated mitral valves being performed using minimally invasive techniques.