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‘TAVI Team’ marks ten year anniversary
Press release date03/08/2017
A multispecialty team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, known as the ‘TAVI Team’ are celebrating 10 years since they performed the first ever TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) procedure in the UK.
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The first keyhole aortic heart valve replacement operation took place on 30 January 2007 and was undertaken by Consultant Cardiologist, Jan Kovac and his team. The operation was a huge success and the first patient was 89-year-old Gladys Adams, from Wigston, Leicestershire, who went on to live a good life for a further nine years. 

The now world-recognised TAVI procedure allows heart valves to be implanted using a catheter. The procedure is minimally invasive and means patients, particularly the elderly, do not have to undergo open-heart surgery.

The surgery made British medical history as the new technique had only been performed in just half dozen of other hospitals world-wide before Glenfield. Whilst then it was a big step into the unknown, it has since become a routine procedure, saving hundreds of thousands of patients across the globe, as well as cementing Glenfield as a cardiac centre of excellence both nationally and internationally.

The team at Glenfield Hospital carry out around 250 TAVI procedures a year, which give hope to thousands of older patients. Beryl Dakin from Loughborough underwent a TAVI procedure for a narrowed aortic valve two years ago and to mark her 88th birthday, recently climbed Leicestershire’s iconic landmark, Old John Tower!

Beryl said: “I’m extremely grateful to Professor Jan Kovac and his team for all that they did for me. I am sure that I was only able to achieve the climb because of their efforts and the excellent aftercare I received. 

“Bradgate Park is really special to me as I spend a lot of time there with my family, which is why I chose to mark this memorable occasion by climbing Old John Tower for my 88th birthday.” 

Professor Kovac, said: "In the past, patients had to endure open heart surgery and would have been in hospital for at least a week after their operation, but with the catheter treatment this is much quicker and in most cases patients can be home within a few days of having the operation.

“We’re all very proud of Beryl for her recent achievement. She has proven that having this procedure means you can go on to live a healthy life.

“Hundreds of thousands of patients’ lives from all over the world have changed thanks to what we do in Leicester.”

To read more about the TAVI procedure, please visit: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/treatments/tavi 


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