Non-operable patients benefit from multiples options, including new TAVR procedure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2012) - High-risk patients with heart disease have new treatment options available through the TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center High Risk Valve Clinic in Nashville, Tenn.

"We recognized that the number of people experiencing heart problems that come with older age is rapidly increasing as people are living longer and healthier lives," said James Drumwright, administrator of TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. "When we designed our new heart center, we created a facility that allows our team of heart experts to work together and provide new, advanced treatment options for heart patients that aren't candidates for traditional heart care procedures because of health-related risk factors."

Factors that make patients 'high-risk' include age and other medical conditions or considerations like cancer, bleeding disorders, a calcified aorta, or a chest wall deformity. Sometimes our surgeons are able to perform heart surgery for these patients. When heart surgery is not an option, the multidisciplinary team can recommend non-operative treatment options including medical therapy, balloon valvuloplasty, and the new transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

The High Risk Valve Clinic consists of a structural heart specialist, two interventional cardiologists, a heart failure specialist, a cardiovascular imaging specialist, and two cardiovascular surgeons. They consult together, pooling vast experience and knowledge to develop personalized patient treatment plans. When needed, they work together side-by-side in the hybrid operating room.

"We're helping patients in their 70s and 80s regain energy and daily activities they had often lost hope of enjoying again," said John Riddick, interventional cardiologist and High Risk Valve Clinic leadership team member. "Medical advances and the latest technology available to our highly trained and experienced team members continues opening pathways for heart care that even just a year ago would not have been possible. The future of heart is truly here."

For more information on the High Risk Valve Clinic and other cardiovascular services at the Heart & Vascular Center, visit and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615)342-1919 or (800)242-5662.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women's services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women's & Children's, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615)342-1919 or (800)242-5662, or visit and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.