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

  • 3 TAVR valve options and nearly 100% performed awake
  • Performed the first LOTUS Edge™ repositionable valve implant in SC
  • Performed the first SAPIEN 3 valve implant in SC
(803) 744-2608

"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.

Pioneers and Experts in TAVR

As the first hospital in the Midlands to perform the TAVR procedure, we have completed more than 600 TAVR surgeries.

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 and position your new valve directly inside the old one. Your new valve will start functioning immediately.

Minimally Invasive Access

TAVR can usually be performed through trans-caval access, a technique that uses your femoral artery for less bleeding, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.

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 return home within 24 hours, though your activities will be restricted for a few weeks after.

Devices

Sentinel™ Cerebral Protect System

This device 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.

WATCHMAN™

As one of the first programs in SC to use this device during TAVR procedures, we use this device to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots.

Types of Valves

Boston Scientific LOTUS Edge™

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

Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN 3

A special valve that helps high-risk patients avoid an additional open heart procedure.

Medtronic EvolutPRO+

This valve offers a smaller delivery option to benefit 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 make a small incision in your groin and position your new valve directly inside the old one. Your new valve will start functioning immediately.

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.

AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder

Developed specifically to reduce the risk of stroke during PFO closures, Lexington Medical Center was the first in South Carolina to use this FDA-approved treatment option.

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.

MitraClip

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

What is it?

  • Provides a less invasive option than open-heart surgery.

What are the benefits?

  • Relieves symptoms quickly.
  • Significantly shorter hospital stay.

Sentinel™ Device

We were the first in South Carolina to use this device, which 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.