Blake Medical Center
February 18, 2021

Blake Medical Center has performed its 500th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. TAVR is an alternative treatment option for patients with symptomatic aortic valve stenosis, including those patients who are not candidates for open-heart valve surgery. The hospital was the first to bring the TAVR procedure to Manatee County and has performed more TAVR cases than any other hospital in Manatee County.

“Blake Medical Center is proud to have been the first to bring the TAVR procedure to patients in our community, says Randy Currin, President and CEO, Blake Medical Center. “Our teams of caregivers celebrate this milestone and the life-saving and life-improving benefits TAVR brings for patients.”

TAVR is a procedure that allows specially trained teams to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. The procedure eliminates the need for the heart-lung machine and doesn’t require stopping the heart. With TAVR, a new valve is compressed and delivered via a transcatheter approach utilizing a balloon and sleeve delivery system to the diseased valve where it is expanded and secured in place. The entire procedure is done under moderate sedation, and patients are generally discharged from the hospital within two days.

Alessandro Golino, MD, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services at Blake Medical Center, was a part of the initial team that started doing TAVR procedures at the hospital. “When the program was launched at Blake, a special state-of-the-art hybrid room with everything we need for TAVR procedures was built to assist in caring for these patients that could otherwise not be helped,” says Dr. Golino, “It’s exciting to see how successful the program has become.”

The Structural Heart Institute at Blake Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiac care services. Specialized teams utilize sophisticated technology and forward intervention in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In addition to TAVR, Blake’s Structural Heart Institute provides Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement, Surgical Mitral Valve Repair, Balloon Valvuloplasty, Left Atrial Appendage Closure, PFO Closure, Open Heart Surgery, and Hybrid procedures.