Deaconess celebrates heart procedure milestone


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Deaconess Health is celebrating a milestone for a heart procedure that has helped 100 Tri-Staters.

Doctors at the Heart Hospital finished their 100th Trans Arterial Valve Replacement, or TAVR.

Several patients who had the procedure joined doctors this afternoon.

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats a condition in which heart valves don’t fully open and close.

“It’s awesome to see them. It’s quite a testament to what we’ve been able to accomplish under Dr. Penumetsa’s leadership as our structural heart leader. It’s very much a team effort.”

Deaconess Heart Group doctors were the first to perform the surgery locally and have done more procedures than other hospitals in the region.

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(This story was originally published on June 11, 2019)

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