Improving quality of life

A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, US, found that patients who undergo a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that repairs a damaged heart valve – experienced a significant increase in quality of life.

Patients who underwent a TAVR procedure were found to rank their quality of life significantly higher just 30 days after the procedure; ranking their quality of life 72.9 on a 100-point scale, compared to a score of 42 prior to the procedure. These patients continued to see significant improvement one year after the procedure, ranking their quality of life at 75.4.

“It's remarkable that patients were able to improve their quality of life from 42 to 72.9. What's most meaningful is that the improvement was sustained, which means the quality of life of our patients continued to be dramatically improved,” said Jose Benuzillo, lead author of the study and outcomes analyst for the Cardiovascular Clinical Program at Intermountain Healthcare.