Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute Passes Milestone in Structural Heart Procedures

The Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute (BHVI) recently celebrated a milestone in patient care provided by its structural heart program. The team has performed more than 500 structural heart procedures since the program began in 2014.

Structural heart procedures use leading-edge technologies to treat a variety of ailments including heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillation, aortic stenosis, heart failure, angina and others. Transcatheter mitral valve repair (Mitraclip®,) transcatheter paravalvular leak occlusion, Watchman® procedure to prevent stroke, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are all non-invasive procedures that are performed in a heart catheterization, or cath, lab. All can avoid the need for traditional open heart surgery in certain patients.

BHVI has led the way among Northwest Florida hospitals by being the first to offer these and other highly specialized lifesaving therapies for heart disease:



World’s smallest pacemaker

World’s smallest heart pump

Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) laser procedure

BHVI is also the first in the area to fully staff its cath lab with registered cardiovascular invasive specialists and registered cardiac electrophysiology specialists. The Baptist cardiac care unit, which is dedicated to specialized pre- and post-operative care for heart patients, is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

BHVI physicians see patients in the offices of Cardiology Consultants in locations that include Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Fort Walton, Foley, Milton and Perdido.

Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization based in northwest Florida that is committed to helping people throughout life's journey. The organization is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. A 2003 Malcolm Baldrige recipient, Baptist continuously strives to be a national leader in quality and service. Baptist Health Care includes three hospitals, four medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Footer link to Lakeview Center and a large network of primary care and specialty physicians. With more than 7,300 employees and employed physicians, Baptist Health Care is the second largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida.

Baptist Health Care ● Baptist Hospital ● Gulf Breeze Hospital ● Jay Hospital ● Lakeview Center ● Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile ● Baptist Medical Park – Navarre ● Andrews Institute ● Baptist Medical Group ● Cardiology Consultants ● Mayo Clinic Care Network

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