Treating Aortic Valve stenosis with drug eluting (paclitaxel) balloon
Dr. Rafael Moguel, Director of The Clinics of the Heart, Mexico’s premier interventional cardiology center located in the modern Costamed Hospital CMC announced today that patients who suffer aortic valve stenosis may apply for the trans aortic valve implantation or replacement deploying a drug-eluting (paclitaxel) balloon, a treatment that dilates the aortic valve with very minimal invasion and low cost.
The aortic stenosis is a defect where the aortic valve is narrowed so the heart needs to pump against a very small orifice. After years with this problem a patient will develop heart failure and low life expectancy so a cardiac surgery is required to replace the valve. Now it is possible to do this replacement trans catheter, without surgery but at a very high cost.
The aortic valve can be dilated on a very minimal invasion and low cost procedure, using a non-medicated balloon but restenosis is frequent. Restenosis is a complication when the valve narrows again in less than six months. There is some evidence that a medicated or drug-eluting balloon will reduce the restenosis rate.
This balloon is inserted through the skin after a puncture with a small needle and then advanced up to the heart crossing the valve. Once in the valve the balloon is inflated to open the obstruction whereas it deploys the medication (Paclitaxel) in the valve to reduce the inflammation process that promotes the restenosis. After the balloon is deflated, it is removed from the body and the patient is released from the obstruction of the valve.
Approximately 500,000 of aortic stenosis patients are considered severe cases with half presenting symptoms. The most common symptom of the condition is chronic shortness of breath, however; patients may also experience chest pains or dizziness. Research shows that left untreated, severe aortic stenosis has a 50 percent mortality rate at two years – perhaps surprisingly, this is a survival rate below that of certain metastatic cancers. At The Clinics of the Heart in Cozumel, Mexico, attention to your needs is immediate, no wait time, your treatment is low cost and affordable, the attention you receive is second to none as is the skill, experience and compassion of our surgical team.