Heart & Vascular Center

Phone Numbers

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiology
(803) 744-4900
Surgery
(803) 936-7095

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Main Campus
(803) 791-2621
LMC Lexington
(803) 358-6180
LMC Irmo
(803) 732-5388

Heart & Valve Repair

Leaders in Heart & Valve Repair

  • LOTUS Edge™ Repositionable Valve
  • Awake and Fully Percutaneous TAVR
  • 3 TAVR Valves Options
(803) 744-4900

"It was quick, basically painless. They kept me very relaxed."

— Brad, Heart & Vascular Center Patient

Conditions Treated & Prevented

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Mitral Insufficiency
  • Congenital Heart Wall Defects

Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery, backed by a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons, and nurse navigators.

Who should consider TAVR?

Patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for open heart surgery because of their age, history of heart disease or other health issues.

What to Expect

Your doctor will make a small incision in your groin or chest and position your new valve directly inside the old one. Your new valve will start functioning immediately.

Duration

Plan for this procedure to take about 2 hours.

Recovery

TAVR has a significantly shorter recovery time than traditional open heart surgery. Most patients stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. It may take 2 to 3 months for a complete return to daily activities.

Sentinel™ Device

The Sentinel™ Cerebral Protection System lowers the risk of stroke in patients undergoing TAVR by filtering debris in the blood that could cause a stroke if blood flow is blocked.

Types of Valves

Boston Scientific LOTUS Edge™

The newest FDA-approved aortic valve replacement for patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Edwards Lifesciences Sapien 3

A transcatheter aortic valve approved for use in low-risk patients with severe, symptomatic calcific aortic stenosis.

Medtronic Evolut

A valve replacement option for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis benefitting healthier, more active patients.

PFO/ASD Closures

This procedure closes two types of small, congenital holes in the heart wall, PFO (patent foramen ovale) and ASD (atrial septal defect) holes.

What to Expect

Your doctor will use a catheter to plug the hole with a tiny, umbrella-like device and restore normal blood flow. You will likely be awake for this procedure. Your doctor will give you medication to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Recovery

This is a minimally invasive procedure but it does require an overnight stay in the hospital. Most patients return home within 24 hours, though your activities will be restricted for a few days after.

Advanced Technology & Treatment

State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Suites

Four suites support our intricate diagnostic and minimally invasive intervention procedures.

What is it?

  • Checks the pressure within the heart's chambers.
  • Can make further treatment unnecessary.
  • Informs further treatment options, if needed.

What are the benefits?

  • Can enlarge blood vessels to restore blood flow.
  • Treatment can begin immediately if a blockage is discovered.

LOTUS Edge™ Aortic Valve System

The newest FDA-approved aortic valve replacement for patients with severe aortic stenosis.

What is it?

  • An artificial valve is deployed over the patient’s valve.
  • LOTUS Edge™ is placed with a catheter instead of surgery, and begins functioning immediately.

What are the benefits?

  • Shorter recovery and reduced complications
  • Only replacement valve that allows doctors to reposition for optimal function.

MitraClip

This small clip allows your mitral valve to close more completely and restores normal blood flow.

What is it?

  • Provides a less invasive option for those who are not good candidates for open-heart surgery.

What are the benefits?

  • Relieves symptoms quickly.
  • Significantly shorter hospital stay.

Sentinel™ Device

The Sentinel™ Cerebral Protection System filters debris in the blood that could cause a stroke if blood flow is blocked.

What is it?

  • Reduces the risk of stroke during TAVR procedures.

What are the benefits?

  • 63% lower stroke rate than patients without Sentinel.
  • Suitable for most TAVR patients.