Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line Wins Performance Excellence Award for TAVR Program

Posted on April 18, 2016

The Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line, which is headed by Parkwest Medical Center CAO Rick Lassiter, won a Performance Excellence Award for the TAVR Program, “Implementation of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program.” The Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line also took home The President’s Award, Covenant Health’s highest honor, given by Executive Leadership to recognize […]

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Multi-disciplinary approach benefits TAVR patients

Posted on April 18, 2016

There’s an old saying: “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” But that is definitely not the case when a patient’s treatment plan calls for TAVR, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. With TAVR, the patient benefits from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, all of whom play essential roles. The first TAVR was […]

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Read all about it: Whisnant gets the scoop on TAVR

Posted on April 18, 2016

Ashlyn Whisnant reads the newspaper regularly, and one of the topics she’s been particularly interested in reading about the past couple of years has been Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, also known as TAVR. However, Whisnant no longer needs to read about TAVR in the paper. She’s experienced it firsthand. Today, it’s her turn to be […]

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Dr. Thomas Pollard Leads Hands-On Lesson in Heart Surgery for CAK Students

Posted on April 14, 2016

Using real pig hearts as their “patient,” students in two anatomy and physiology classes at Christian Academy of Knoxville recently got a glimpse into what two top cardiothoracic surgeons at Parkwest Medical Center do daily. “They do their calculus and don’t really know if they will ever use it again even though we know they […]

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100th TAVR Patient Shares His Story

Posted on April 14, 2016

It was more than a sense of déjà vu – it was scary. That feeling in James Clark’s chest as he made his daily two-mile walk around his neighborhood was uncomfortably familiar. “Any type of exertion and I would get a lot of pressure and pain in my heart area,” said Clark, an 82-year-old retired […]

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Maryville Woman Finds Cardiac Relief with TMR Surgery; Dr. Thomas Pollard Performs TMR Surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Hers was a restless heart, filling her life with ischemic strokes, clogged arteries, shortness of breath, chronic angina and a heart attack. But no matter what she tried, Theresa Turner’s heart could not be tamed. Open-heart surgery with three bypasses didn’t do it. Neither did two more surgeries, three stents and EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) […]

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Parkwest Medical Center Cardiac Program Excels in 2014; ETCVSG Physicians Featured in Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Publication

Posted on April 14, 2016

For patients experiencing severe coronary disease like blocked arteries and aortic enlargement, care close to home may seem like a distant hope. However, Parkwest’s cardiac program offers complex surgeries and treatment that many believe are only available in larger cities. Read about this procedure and other accomplishments of Parkwest’s cardiac team here. 

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Young at Heart; ETCVSG Patient Shares Her TAVR Story

Posted on April 14, 2016

Sylvia Countess was walking her dog one day last summer when she happened to cross paths with one of her neighbors. They exchanged greetings, and then Countess couldn’t help sharing what was on her mind. er mind. “I said, ‘Do you know I had heart surgery on Monday and I’m walking my dog today?’ ” Countess […]

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