First TAVR Procedure in Montana

The staff at St. Patrick Hospital’s International Heart Institute successfully completed their first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures on Monday, March 25. The two patients who underwent the procedure experienced no complications and are doing well.

St. Patrick Hospital is the first hospital in Montana to perform this complex non-surgical procedure. TAVR is for select patients who have a narrowing of the aortic heart valve opening and are considered high risk or inoperable for traditional open-heart surgery. TAVR gives them an opportunity for a longer and better quality of life.

Many talented professionals across clinical and nonclinical disciplines worked countless hours to create a new hybrid suite with both catheterization and surgical capabilities. The physicians and staff, again, have proven why St. Patrick Hospital is a Top 50 Heart Hospital in the nation.