Heart Patient Gets New Lease on Life, Thanks to TAVR


Patsy Welch Fransway was not a good candidate for open heart surgery to treat her aortic valve disease, but that didn’t stop the team at Renown from finding her another option. She recently became the second Renown patient to undergo a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, also called a TAVR procedure, and she couldn’t be more pleased with the recovery and results. 

“It’s given me a new lease on life,” vows Patsy Welch Fransway.

Eighty-five-year-old Patsy figured she had about a year to live. Due to her age and other medical conditions, her doctor didn’t think open heart surgery was an option for her aortic valve disease. She recently became the second patient at Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health to undergo TAVR. 

Learn More About One Patient’s Experience with TAVR

Karen Meskimen, RN, Cardiovascular Business Development Administrator, advises, “We have the multidisciplinary heart team expertise right here in Reno, Nev., to be able to provide this very specialized unique procedure to alleviate their heart valve disease. It’s not for every patient with aortic stenosis. But for patients who meet the criteria, this is a really good option and it can give them a better quality of life — that is very important.”

The TAVR procedure is a way to deliver a new heart valve into a person's heart without open heart surgery.
The TAVR procedure is a way to deliver a new heart valve into a person’s heart without open heart surgery.

Hospitals that plan to perform the TAVR procedure must meet strict requirements, including extensive cardiac surgeon experience and specialized facilities.

For more information, visit Renown’s Institute for Heart & Vascular Health