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Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital performs first procedure in Arizona using Evolut FX+ TAVR system

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Minimally invasive Evolut FX+ system uses a catheter to access the heart via a small incision to implant the TAVR valve, eliminating the need to surgically open a patient’s chest. (Submitted Graphic/DigitalFreePress)
Evolut FX+ TAVR system is successful at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital has treated its first patient using the Evolut FX+ transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system, which medical experts say is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement.

The hospital is first in Arizona to offer this new TAVR system, Abrazo Health officials tell the Digital Free Press.

The Evolut FX+ further refines the Evolut TAVR platform, designed to facilitate coronary access, for the treatment of symptomatic severe aortic stenosis1. TAVR can be an effective option to improve quality of life in patients who otherwise have limited choices for repair of their aortic valve.

The first procedure in Arizona was performed by the heart team led by Dr. Timothy Byrne, a structural interventional cardiologist at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital.

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve leaflets become stiff and thickened and have difficulty opening and closing, making the heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body.

The disease can impact quality of life and limits one’s ability to participate in daily activities. If left untreated, 50% of patients with patients with severe aortic stenosis can die from heart failure in as little as two years.

The Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital team led by Structural Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Timothy Byrne performed the first procedure in Arizona using the recently-approved Evolut FX+ transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system. (Submitted Photo/DigitalFreePress)
Evolut FX+ TAVR system is successful at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital

The newest iteration of the Evolut TAVR system offers larger coronary access windows through a modified diamond-shaped frame design, which is four times larger than previous iterations of the Evolut TAVR system.

The Evolut FX+ system provides increased space designed for catheter maneuverability to facilitate access the coronary arteries of varying patient anatomies. Additionally, the new design maintains the valve performance, hemodynamics, and radial strength of the Evolut platform.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the Evolut FX+ TAVR system, providing physicians at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital with another option to treat the growing patient population affected by symptomatic severe aortic stenosis.

“It is encouraging to see how the Evolut FX TAVR platform has evolved considerably over time and brought our heart teams another treatment option. With this FDA approval of the Evolut FX+ TAVR system, the system is now designed to facilitate coronary access while maintaining the performance and durability of the platform,” said Dr. Byrne.

“We are proud to provide a new option another option to treat patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis here in Arizona.”

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