TAVR World Tour – Buffalo General and Gates Vascular Institute: 1 of 20 hospitals selected to participate in synchronous TAVR procedure
Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) this morning was 1 of only 4 U.S. hospitals, and one of only twenty hospitals representing fourteen countries globally selected to participate in a live one-hour synchronous transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure for the first-ever TAVR World Tour hosted by India’s prestigious Heart Valve Center in recognition of World Heart Day.
The TAVR World Tour brings together cardiac physicians from the world’s leading and highest volume TAVR centers to participate in the hour-long live stream event in which twenty patients with aortic stenosis, one of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD), will simultaneously undergo TAVR. Vijay Iyer, MD, Ph.D., Medical Director of Cardiology and Structural Heart Interventions at Kaleida Health performed the transfemoral procedure on a local Buffalo, N.Y. man, 88-year-old veteran Deacon Bob, who suffers from severe aortic stenosis.
TAVR is a minimally-invasive procedure in which an artificial aortic heart valve is attached to a wire frame and guided through the femoral artery by way of a catheter to the heart. Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow.
According to the World Heart Foundation, CVDs – including heart disease and stroke – are the number one cause of death worldwide, claiming over 17 million lives each year. “Cardiovascular disease has many causes – from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, to air pollution, and other rare and often times neglected conditions such as Chagas Disease and cardiac amyloidosis – all of which can be exacerbated by COVID-19,” adds Iyer. “We’re hoping that by participating in this first-ever TAVR World Tour event on World Heart Day, we can raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good heart health and promptly seeking medical care, particularly amid coronavirus. Our participation in the first-ever TAVR World Tour is a mark of solidarity with healthcare professionals worldwide who are at the forefront of the pandemic. ”