Dallas Valve Institute

Dallas Valve Institute

Dallas Valve Institute

Dallas Valve InstituteWe're giving high-risk heart patients a second chance at life.

The Dallas Valve Institute at Medical City (DVI) is a leading-edge medical facility dedicated to developing advanced cardiovascular treatments that save lives and restore hope in patients. When patients are turned down for complex heart surgeries at other hospitals, DVI acts as their one stop for treatment.

Each year, more than 200,000 Americans suffer from severe aortic stenosis.
The team at DVI is here to help.

What is aortic stenosis?

When blood leaves a healthy heart, it flows through the aortic valve and into the aorta, the body's main artery. But in patients with aortic stenosis, the aortic valve doesn't fully open. Instead, it narrows, and the blood flow from the heart decreases. This narrowing increases the pressure inside the heart, which can lead to pain and even death.

What are the treatment options?

Open-heart surgery is commonly required to repair or replace their narrowed valves. Many older patients, however, are diagnosed as too weak to survive open-heart surgery. In the past, there was little physicians could do. Today, however, a new treatment is giving those patients a second chance at life.

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Introducing a new, life-saving option.

DVI was one of the first facilities in the country to perform the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure — a new minimally invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis.

Since pioneering the treatment as part of a research trial in 2006, the team has screened more than 1,800 aortic stenosis patients and performed more TAVR procedures than any other facility in the southwestern United States.

Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, the TAVR procedure:

  • Is a closed-chest treatment
  • Takes place while the patient's heart is still beating
  • Eliminates the need for the heart-lung machine
  • Doesn't require stopping the heart

How does the procedure work?

  1. After making a tiny incision near the groin or in a major leg artery, the cardiovascular experts at DVI guide a long tube about the width of a pencil into the body.
  2. The new valve (which has been collapsed into the tube with a balloon on the end) is placed inside of the patient's diseased valve and inflated.
  3. When the balloon is inflated, it immediately restores full blood flow from the heart.
  4. Unlike open-heart surgery, this minimally invasive treatment option results in faster recovery times so patients can get back to their lives quicker.
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Are you or a loved one a candidate?

To determine candidacy for the TAVR procedure, discuss the answers to the following questions with a physician:

  • Do you have a heart murmur?
  • Have you been diagnosed with aortic stenosis?
  • Do you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness?
  • Have you been turned down for conventional aortic valve replacement surgery?
  • Are you looking for a minimally invasive treatment option?

Trust the national leaders in treating high-risk patients with complex heart conditions.

The experienced team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and research experts at DVI are dedicated to providing an exceptional level of coordinated care throughout treatment to all patients and those who care for them.

Meet Bruce Bowers, MD

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Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research
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Meet Todd Dewey, MD

Meet Todd Dewey, M.D.
Director of Cardiovascular Research
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Ready for a second chance?

For more information about the TAVR procedure and its benefits, call 972-566-5050.