Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures in Fort Worth
Advanced technology and dedicated physicians enable Medical City Fort Worth to offer many of the leading minimally invasive cardiac procedures available today.
- Medical City Fort Worth’s Cardio team was the first in Tarrant County to replace an aortic valve without open heart surgery, using the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure.
TAVR heart valve replacement offers new option for aortic stenosis patients
TAVR, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, is the latest FDA-approved treatment for people diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis who are considered either high-risk or too sick for valve replacement through open heart surgery. Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart’s valve narrows, dangerously restricting blood flow to the rest of the body. The minimally invasive TAVR procedure enables a new heart valve to be inserted into the patient’s aorta via a catheter. The old, damaged valve is replaced without open-heart surgery.
- Medical City Fort Worth became the first hospital in Texas to implant the Intuity heart valve after clinical trials. Patients who suffer from aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening), have high expectations for an easier recovery because of the new rapid deployment valve procedure.
The Intuity procedure may help patients recover more easily than with a conventional surgical aortic valve replacement procedure. The minimally invasive Intuity procedure was previously only available in the United States in clinical trials.
- WATCHMAN™ Heart Device – a minimally invasive option for patients with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythm, to reduce the risk of stroke, as an alternative to the long-term use of blood thinning medications
- Medical City Fort Worth was the first hospital in Tarrant County to use the Impella®, the world's smallest heart pump. About the size of a coffee stirrer, the Impella is a non-invasive alternative to the standard balloon pump and enables life-saving coronary interventions for high-risk patients.
- Cardiologists can perform the radial approach technique in which the catheter is inserted into the arm (instead of the groin) for cardiac catheterization and angioplasty.