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Alex Gannaway

Friday 15th December 2017

17 December, 2017 marks the anniversary of Brighton’s first ever TAVI treatment. Since this important first, the heart team at Brighton and Royal Sussex University Hospital have performed over 800 TAVI procedures.

Heart Valve Voice ambassador Alex Gannaway, Clinical Nurse Specialist helped organise the celebration said, “This is momentous occasion, ten years performing TAVI treatments is no small feat. It’s been amazing to be a part of a team that has helped so many patients recover from valve disease and regain a good quality of life.”

The team have seen some amazing outcomes from their many TAVI patients, including one patient from five years ago who felt so good after surgery they refused a taxi home and chose to walk the two miles to their house (not recommended for all patients)!

“The team at Royal Sussex go above and beyond helping valve disease patients,” said Wil Woan, Heart Valve Voice CEO. “It’s so great to see that so many people in this community have access to life changing valve disease treatments like TAVI. We are happy to support them now and for the next 10 years!”

TAVI provides an alternate form of treatment to conventional open heart valve disease surgery and is ideal for patients who are of an advanced age and/or those who may have additional comorbidities that make open heart surgery risky.