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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Center of Excellence

Experience and Performance

“We are proud of this designation. It validates the expertise of our team, the patient care processes we have implemented, our ability to track key performance metrics, and our commitment to continuous improvement. Our TAVR team has performed 2150 procedures in the past 9 years and is dedicated to the highest standards of quality and safety. This focus translates to superior clinical outcomes for our patients.” – R. David Fish, MD, Interventional Cardiology, Texas Heart Medical Group

Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Receive Houston’s First American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification

Experts at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center have earned a prestigious American College of Cardiology (ACC) accreditation as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) Center of Excellence, making their program the first in Houston to be recognized for this level of quality and clinical outcomes.

“This distinction underscores our commitment to excellence and the treatment of patients with complex cardiovascular disease,” said the Texas Heart Institute’s Stephanie Coulter, MD.

The comprehensive external review and certification process acknowledges the highest standards for training, team-based care, patient-focused decision-making, and clinical performance. Earning the certification also requires participating in a TAVR national clinical database.

Centers that earn ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification follow best practices for using evidence-based medicine to support decision-making in the care of individual patients.

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