UConn Health launches TAVR program

Farmington, Conn.-based UConn Health's new transcatheter aortic valve replacement program helped one of its first patients in September.

The TAVR program is led by Dr. Chittoor Sai Sudhakar, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. JuYong Lee, director of vascular medicine, endovascular medicine and the non-invasive vascular lab, according to an Oct. 20 article on the university's website.

The program includes a dedicated coordinator, cath lab staff, advanced practice registered nurses, an echocardiographer and interventional cardiologists.

"TAVR gives a lot of older patients, who may not be good candidates for open heart surgery, the opportunity to get relief from their symptoms and get back to enjoying their lives rather quickly," Kristen Bryant, the program's coordinator, said in the release.

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