Patient Stories

Renewed life after TAVR

Meet the people behind the procedure

Hope in the heart of Texas

Dr. Jim McCutchon, a retired urologist from Corpus Christi, Texas, learned he needed to have a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. After researching benefits and potential risks from TAVR, Dr. McCutchon learned about the SENTINEL™ Cerebral Protection System (CPS) for protection from risk of potential stroke during TAVR.

Like a dream come true

Peter Poulos was relieved to know he wouldn’t need open heart surgery to replace his diseased aortic valve. But he worried about the chance of a stroke during TAVR. When he learned that SENTINEL CPS could greatly minimize the risk, it was like a dream come true. Now he’s back to his old routine – and all of Atlanta benefits from this big-hearted man’s love for life.


TAVR is a less-invasive procedure that replaces the aortic valve without opening your chest to reach the heart. Patients who undergo a TAVR procedure typically have an easier time recovering and experience less discomfort.

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