At Dixie Regional Medical Center, Dr. Blake Gardner and Dr. Jason Bowles together performed the institution’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure. Mark Jamison was the first patient at Dixie Regional to have the procedure.
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a way to replace a diseased heart valve without having to open the patient’s chest. During the procedure, a replacement valve is inserted through a small cut in the upper thigh. The doctor uses a catheter to navigate the valve to the heart and then expands the valve into place, and the new valve immediately begins to function.
“This is a great example of the benefits of a system approach to cardiovascular care,” said Reuben Evans, who directs heart services at Dixie Regional. “We can implement and refine the most challenging procedures at our lead tertiary center, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. Then other heart surgeons can be trained there so they can offer new services at Dixie and other hospitals.”