The Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health is committed to providing the latest advancements in structural heart disease treatments that improve outcomes and lessen recovery time.

Structural Heart Disease Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath (especially with activity)
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Syncope (blacking out) with or without loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain or chest pressure

The Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic valve stenosis and/or regurgitation
  • Mitral valve stenosis and/or regurgitation
  • Tricuspid valve stenosis and/or regurgitation
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)


Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health Treatment Options


 

Open Heart Surgery

Surgery that entails opening the chest wall to replace, repair, or intervene damaged heart valve and/or arteries.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health is one of a select group of hospitals across the country to offer a promising new procedure — transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). If a patient is considered too “high-risk” for traditional open-heart surgery, or has previously been considered inoperable, TAVR may be an option.

TAVR is an aortic valve replacement procedure that involves using a catheter to place a new aortic valve in the heart through an incision in the leg. The procedure does not require open-heart surgery, stopping the patient’s heart or hooking the patient up to a heart-lung machine. The average time required to perform TAVR is one to two hours versus four hours for open-heart surgery.

TAVR

Recovery time is also faster. Trials of this less-invasive procedure have shown impressive results. TAVR patients feel better one month after surgery compared to open-heart surgery patients. TAVR patients are typically hospitalized for one day versus open-heart surgery patients who are hospitalized five to 10 days and can face up to four weeks of recovery at home.

 

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)

The only facility in northern Nevada that offers this minimally invasive treatment option, MitraClip or transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR).

TMVR is a catheter based procedure that allows a leaking mitral heart valve to be repaired via a small incision in the groin veins. A small clip is affixed to the opening of the valve to correct the leaking of the valve. The heart continues to beat during this procedure. The average TMVR procedure is two hours, compared to four hours required for traditional open heart surgery.

Recovery time and hospitalization are shorter than that of traditional open heart surgery. On average, the procedure takes 2-3 hours and patients are typically hospitalized for one day and begin to feel better and have an improved quality of living within weeks after their procedure.

Transcatheter Mitral Valve-in-Valve Replacement (MVIV)

We're the only facility in northern Nevada that offers this minimally invasive treatment option, transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve (MVIV).

MVIV is a catheter based procedure that allows a diseased mitral heart valve to be replaced via a small incision made in the groin artery. A new prosthetic valve is placed inside of the existing valve, using the diseased valve as an anchor to hold the new valve into place, all while the heart continues to beat during the procedure. The average MVIV procedure is one to two hours, compared to four hours required for tradition open heart surgery.

Recovery time and hospital stay are also shorter with MVIV. MVIV patients typically are hospitalized for one day and begin to feel better within weeks after their procedure versus the five to ten day hospitalization and potentially months of recovery with open heart surgery.

PFO/ASD Closures

We are northern Nevada’s only cardiac care facilities that offers these minimally invasive catheter based procedures to repair patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defects (ASD). The PFO/ASD is repaired via a small incision in the groin veins. A small plug is positioned into the PFO/ASD to repair the hole and prevent the flap from opening in the heart wall. This procedure takes approximately one to two hours and typically requires only one overnight hospitalization stay.