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Austin Carroll Is One Of First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Patients At Morton Plant Hospital
04/04/2014

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 18, 2012) -- One of the first patients to receive a transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR) performed by Morton Plant Hospital’s Valve Clinic team says he is feeling healthy today, happy to be driving again and going to lunches with his family and network groups he belongs to, since having the TAVR procedure five months ago. 

88-year-old Austin Carroll, of Dunedin, had severe aortic stenosis, a disease that affects the aortic valve to open and close properly, causing the heart to work harder to push blood through the calcified aortic valve and eventually weakening his heart’s muscles and increased his risk of heart failure. Carroll says before the procedure, he was not at his best health and had to limit physical activity. Today, he is able to enjoy again playing with his grand and great-grandchildren.  

Morton Plant Hospital’s TAVR team is the first in the Tampa Bay area to perform TAVR and have already performed the procedure on more than 25 patients since the first procedure done on February 2.

“TAVR is a new treatment option for patients considered inoperable, including Carroll, to have this minimally invasive procedure by implanting a replacement valve through the femoral artery,” said Douglas Spriggs, MD, interventional cardiologist and member of the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic team. “The valve is inserted into the femoral artery through a small incision in the groin and then guided into the heart instead of experiencing a large incision in the chest as with traditional open heart surgery.”     

“I know it was a relatively new breakthrough procedure when he brought it to me as an option,” said Carroll. “But I am happy I made the decision and recommend it to others because you can expect a simple recovery and since all the physicians involved work as a team, I felt I was in good hands.”

For the TAVR and other specialized heart procedures, Morton Plant constructed a new hybrid operative suite, along with opening a Valve Clinic for the treatment of complex heart valve disorders such as aortic stenosis. Patients receive their surgery and recover in Morton Plant’s Morgan Heart Hospital.

Morton Plant Hospital is one of a select number of hospitals across the country designated to perform the new TAVR procedure. For more information about the Morton Plant Hospital’s Valve Clinic, call (855) 448-2583 or log onto the Morton Plant Mease Valve Clinic

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility that has built a national reputation for heart care. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 13 years. For three years, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Morton Plant Hospital's heart surgery program its prestigious overall three-star rating, the highest designation given to hospitals by STS. Morton Plant is one of only approximately 13 percent of more than 1,000 hospitals with a cardiac surgery program to receive a three-star rating. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla. 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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