The James Family Heart Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has reached another milestone. The Heart Center recently performed its first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)—an emerging and highly complex procedure.

“Very few heart centers in Arizona, the region or even nationwide have the advanced technology, medical expertise or state-of-the-art facilities necessary to perform TMVR,” said Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist and Director, YRMC’s Structural Heart Program. “We are fortunate that YRMC’s Heart Center has all three components and we were prepared to offer this procedure to our patients.”

The TMVR was performed in YRMC’s Hybrid Operating Room, recognized as among the best in the nation. The following Heart Center experts – along with staff from the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Cardiovascular Surgery – collaborated before, during and after the procedure:
  • Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI
  • Jose E. Torres, MD, FACS
  • George Gellert, MD
  • Saina Attaran, MD, MRCS, FRCS
  • Daniel Beck, MD
  • Gwen Rhodes, RN
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