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February 18, 2022
Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly. Our next issue will be Friday, March 4, 2022.
Innovative Treatment for Aortic Stenosis Available at Heritage Valley Beaver
Aortic stenosis is one of the most common and serious valve disease problems. This occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows. The valve doesn’t open fully, which reduces or blocks blood flow from the heart to the body, and causes the heart to work harder than it should.

Luckily for patients with this diagnosis, our expert interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Heritage Valley Beaver offer an innovative alternative to open heart surgery called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR.
What exactly is TAVR? It is a minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter is used to implant a new valve within a damaged valve. Because this procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, there are considerable potential benefits for patients who qualify, such as faster recovery time, quicker relief of symptoms, shorter hospital stays, lower risk of infection and less trauma to the muscle tissue.

How is the procedure done? A puncture is made in the patient’s leg and a catheter is inserted, giving access to the patient’s heart through the femoral artery. The new heart valve is compressed onto a balloon, placed in the delivery system, and then guided to the patient’s aortic valve. Once it reaches the damaged valve, the balloon is inflated and expands the new valve into place. The leaflets of the damaged valve will hold the new valve in place and it will begin working immediately.

Who is eligible for a TAVR procedure? You may be a candidate if you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis; you cannot have open heart surgery due to age or risk factors; or your symptoms have not improved with medical therapy. Heritage Valley’s TAVR Heart Team uses a multi-disciplinary approach to determine if a patient is a good candidate for the TAVR procedure and, after additional testing and review, treatment recommendations are reviewed with the patient and the referring physician.

For more information on the TAVR program at Heritage Valley Beaver, please call Carrie Farrow RN, TAVR Coordinator, at 724-773-8224.
Get your Heart in Shape!
Your heart is a muscle and, just like any other muscle, exercise will strengthen it. Being physically active is a great step toward good heart health, and is essential following a cardiac event. 

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Heritage Valley Health System is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Cardiac rehab includes exercise, education, counseling and learning how to live a healthier life. Our specially trained team consists of cardiologists, nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dietitians who will work with you to design a program to meet your specific needs. Almost everyone with heart disease can benefit from some type of cardiac rehab. No one is too old or too young!

Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered at the following Heritage Valley locations:   

Heritage Valley Kennedy
25 Heckel Road - McKees Rocks, PA 15136

The Heart & Vascular Center
605 Sharon Road - Beaver, PA 15009

The Heart & Vascular Center
12 Quaker Village Shopping Center
Ohio River Boulevard; Suite 2A - Leetsdale, PA 15056

A physician referral is needed to begin a cardiac rehab program through Heritage Valley Health System.
Heritage Valley Cares About Your Heart!
February is American Heart Month, and is a perfect time to focus our attention on ways to promote and maintain cardiovascular health, and to raise awareness about the serious dangers of heart disease.

Research shows that taking time each day to promote a healthy lifestyle can improve your long-term heart health. You can take an active role in reducing your risk for heart disease by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in physical activity, not smoking, and managing your cholesterol, blood pressure and stress levels. 

And remember... it is vital to see your Heritage Valley health care professional if you have symptoms or risk factors related to heart disease.
COVID Corner...
Covid 19 Tests
By appointment only... walk-in times are not available.
Due to a decline in demand, the drive-through COVID testing sites in Beaver and Moon Township have been discontinued. The good news is that you can still get a COVID test through Heritage Valley. While the procedure remains the same, you can now go to any of our seven ConvenientCare locations for a COVID test once your appointment has been scheduled.

You are able to schedule a COVID Test by clicking on the CareLink button below or by calling 724-770-7555 (option 2) between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Tests are given at our ConvenientCare locations.

  • You must have an order for a test. Contact either your Heritage Valley physician or one of our seven ConvenientCare locations to have an order placed.

  • Patients must be at least two years old.

  • Please be sure to provide your cell phone number. We will send a text confirmation of your appointment. We will also send the results of your COVID-19 test via text, typically within 24 – 48 hours.

  • Bring your insurance card and identification to your appointment. Without insurance, the cost of the test is $140, and a bill will be sent to you.

  •  If you need a test on a Saturday or Sunday, please call one of our seven ConvenientCare locations for an appointment. Please note that only ill or symptomatic patients will be seen on the weekends.
Covid 19 Vaccines & Boosters
By appointment only... walk-in times are not available.
Click here or visit our website at heritagevalley.org and click on the box titled “COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Information” for relevant information and fact sheets. 

Vaccines and boosters for those ages 12 and older are available as follows: 

Center Township ConvenientCare (Behind the Beaver Valley Mall)
(Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm)
79 Wagner Road; Suite 200
Monaca, PA 15061

Robinson Township ConvenientCare (Next to PNC Bank & DSW Shoes)
(Thursdays from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm)
2201 Park Manor Boulevard; Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5 – 11 are available as follows:

Center Township ConvenientCare (Behind the Beaver Valley Mall)
(Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
79 Wagner Road; Suite 200
Monaca, PA 15061

Robinson Township ConvenientCare (Next to PNC Bank & DSW Shoes)
(Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
2201 Park Manor Boulevard; Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Heritage Valley Pediatrics – Chippewa/Beaver Falls (Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
2580 Constitution Boulevard
Chippewa, PA 15010

To view the Pfizer Vaccine Information Fact Sheet for children ages 5 - 11, click here.

To schedule Pfizer vaccines, or a Pfizer or Moderna booster, click on the CareLink button below or call 724-770-7555 (option 1) between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
Experience the Convenience of our ConvenientCare Clinics!
With appointment-free, walk-in accessibility, Heritage Valley’s ConvenientCare Clinics are the perfect place to go for the treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. 

By downloading the HVHS app and clicking on the Activity button, you will see how many patients are currently at each ConvenientCare location. Our medical records system will quickly send your prescription to your pharmacy and deliver a full care report to your Heritage Valley physician. What more do you need?

So -- the next time that you’re not feeling well, have a minor pain or sprain or need a flu vaccine, visit one of our convenient locations... no appointment needed!

We are open seven days a week:

Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm