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Albany Med reaches milestone for complex heart procedure


ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany Medical Center has hit a milestone in valve replacement.

Albany Med has performed their 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) on Wednesday.  TAVR is used on patients who are too frail for conventional procedures and through this; surgeons are able to access and replace a faulty valve in a heart through a catheter. 

This procedure treats an obstruction of the aortic valve by improving blood flow from the heart to the aorta. 

The 100th patient was a 95-year-old from Scotia.  Dorothy Wozniak told staff at Albany Med that she wanted to become more active through the surgery.

Albany Med has been performing this minimally invasive, but complex heart procedure for the past two years, when it was approved by the FDA. 

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