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Northwest Heart Centre

"Transcatheter Aortic Valve implantation (TAVI) is a keyhole procedure carried out on patients who have a critical narrowing of a major heart valve, Aortic Stenosis.

More than 55 patients have now benefited from this ground-breaking new heart procedure here at UHSM.

We were the first unit to perform this procedure in the North of England and are extremely proud of the fact that we still have the best success rate and outcomes in the country."

The Northwest Heart Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital provides specialist cardiac and thoracic surgical services to a regional population of 3.2 million people. The Centre, which opened in spring 2008, is the first in the North to offer cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI), and will scan thousands of NHS patients every year. It is part of a £22m expansion and improvement programme of the unit to enhance the facilities and
services provided to patients.

A new 26-bed critical care ward has replaced the previous cardiothoracic Intensive Care and High Dependency Units. All outpatients’ appointments now take place in a new outpatients unit with 20 consulting rooms and an integrated cardiac diagnostic suite.

Wythenshawe Hospital has a long history of collecting and analysing surgical data, and was one of the first hospitals to publish cardiac survival rates. Surgeons at the hospital played a key role in the move to publicise cardiac survival rates by the Healthcare Commission.

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