Marshall DeSantis, MD

Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that it will offer a community lecture entitled "Do you suffer from Aortic Valve Stenosis? TAVR may be right for you!" The presentation will be conducted ON OCTOBER 26, 2017 by Marshall DeSantis, MD. The program will be held at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity, Florida 34655.

Dr. DeSantis is board certified in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. TAVR is a safe and alternative treatment option for patients with symptomatic aortic valve stenosis.

Registration is at 5 pm and a complimentary dinner will be served at 5:30. Due to limited seating reservations are required. For information and reservations call 727-869-5498 or toll free 888-741-5119 or online at www.RMCHealth.com.

What Is TAVR?

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve's place. The surgery may be called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implementation (TAVI).

What Is Aortic Valve Stenosis?

Aortic valve stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and may also affect the pressure in the left atrium. Aortic valve stenosis does not always produce symptoms. It's important to note that many people with aortic valve stenosis do not experience noticeable symptoms until the amount of restrictive blood flow becomes significantly reduced.

Symptoms of aortic stenosis may include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightnes
  • Fainting, also called syncope
  • Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding or noticeable heartbeats
  • Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities requiring mild exertion
  • Heart murmur