McLaren Patients Have a Bridge to Aortic Valve Replacement


Aortic stenosis symptoms can come on gradually. Among the first signs? You may notice it’s harder to exercise or you become out of breath easier.

Once it has become severe, treatment primarily involves valve replacement surgery, with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) being an option in some who are at high risk from surgery.

McLaren Greater Lansing is now offering a bridge to aortic valve replacement that literally gives breathing room to patients who suffer from aortic stenosis and need a replacement valve.

According to McLaren, cardiologist Dr. Majid M. Mughal is performing percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty (PBAV) for some patients with calcium buildups in their aortic valve, giving them up to a few months of relief from their symptoms before they receive a replacement valve at McLaren’s Flint hospital.

“Aortic valve stenosis is the most common valve disease as we age,” said Mughal. “Patients with aortic valve stenosis typically experience shortness of breath as the first sign that something is wrong.”

The procedure is nonsurgical. Through a small incision in a patient’s leg, a physician will run a catheter into their heart and inflate a tiny balloon to expand the narrowed aortic valve, helping to relieve the shortness of breath that many patients feel. PBAV can also make it easier for a physician to perform a TAVR because the implanted balloon creates more space for the valve to be inserted.

“McLaren Greater Lansing has made a step forward in providing advanced treatment for aortic valve stenosis without going through an open procedure,” said Mughal. “There’s no surgery, sutures or chest tubes with PBAV, and patients are typically discharged within 24 hours.”

McLaren Greater Lansing is working toward offering TAVR procedures locally as it works in close partnership with McLaren Flint to care for patients who currently need aortic valve replacements. For now, offering PBAV in Lansing is the first step toward establishing a TAVR program in mid-Michigan.



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