Minimally Invasive Procedures

The UA Sarver Heart Center Structural Heart Program provides general cardiology care plus minimally invasive specialty care, such as transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacement and repair (TAVR), left atrial appendage closure for selected patients with atrial fibrillation and catheter-based closures for other structural heart conditions.

General Information

A 73-year-old woman from Silver City, N.M., became the 300th transcatheter aortic valve replacement patient when she was referred to the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center cardiology team at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson to treat aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease. Her Silver City cardiologist recently diagnosed her with stage 4 heart failure.

When 80-year-old Ann Martin arrived to see Joseph Alpert, MD, a cardiologist at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, the blood supply to her heart was compromised almost entirely with only 5 percent of blood flow getting through due to severe blockages in all the heart’s main arteries. She did not want open-heart surgery for coronary artery bypass nor to be placed on a breathing machine. Due to her high-risk condition, the structural heart team used new pump and oxygenator technology to support her heart and lungs, allowing a complex stenting procedure to be performed in the cath lab to fully support blood pressure while also permitting oxygen delivery to vital organs during the complicated procedure, said Kapil Lotun, MD.