UofL Health – Jewish Hospital is celebrating its 1000th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. Dr. Brian Ganzel, UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery recently performed the milestone minimally invasive heart procedure on Patricia Hendricks of Springfield, KY.

“This is truly a team effort because there are so many people involved,” said Dr. Ganzel. “Cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians all come together to pull this off and provide good care for the patients. This also takes dedication from the hospital administration because this is not a cheap endeavor.”

“I feel very lucky that I had Dr. Ganzel as my doctor and I love his staff. I have another whole life to look forward to. I really feel that way now,” said Hendricks. “If you have heart problems this is where you need to be.”

UofL Health – Jewish Hospital was the first in Kentucky to perform a transcatheter aortic-valve replacement, in 2011. A TAVR procedure is used to treat patients suffering from aortic stenosis, which occurs when a narrowed aortic valve blocks the flow of blood from the heart to the brain and body. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure where doctors insert a catheter in a patient’s leg or chest to replace the valve. A majority of TAVR patients go home a day after the procedure.

“UofL Health – Jewish Hospital is a national leader in advanced heart care,” said John Walsh, chief administrative officer of UofL Health – Jewish Hospital. “As an academic health care system, we are committed to advancing minimally invasive heart procedures so patients can quickly return to their loved ones and resume their normal activities.”

The Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital is not only leading the way in performing cutting-edge treatments, but also trains physicians from around the world on advanced techniques.

“Our team’s expertise is helping save lives well beyond Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” said Debra Riley, UofL Health vice president of cardiovascular services. “It’s an honor to work alongside people who truly make a difference.”

Aortic stenosis can be life threatening if patients do not have an aortic valve replacement. Symptoms of aortic stenosis can include chest pain, fluttering heartbeat, trouble breathing, fatigue, decline in routine physical activities and difficulty sleeping. However, someone suffering from aortic stenosis may not experience symptoms right away.