Dr. Alex McIntyre, MD

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Dr. Alex McIntyre, MD
Dr. Alex McIntyre, MD is an undersea & hyperbaric medicine specialist in Myrtle Beach, SC and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in undersea & hyperbaric medicine, thoracic surgery, and more.

Risks associated with the TAVR procedure include death, stroke and major bleeding

Important Risk Information for Patients

Indications:

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for relief of aortic stenosis in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to severe native calcific aortic stenosis who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at intermediate or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 3% at 30 days, based on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure (stenosed, insufficient, or combined) of a surgical bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve who are judged by a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at high or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 8% at 30 days, based on the STS risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

Contraindications (Who should not use):

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve and delivery system should not be used in patients who:

  • Cannot tolerate medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Have an active infection in the heart or elsewhere.

Warnings:

  • There may be an increased risk of stroke in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, compared to other standard treatments for aortic stenosis in the high or greater risk population.
  • If an incorrect valve size for your anatomy is used, it may lead to heart injury, valve leakage, movement, or dislodgement.
  • Patients should talk to their doctor if they have significant heart disease, a mitral valve device or are allergic to chromium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, copper, silicon, and/or polymeric materials.
  • The SAPIEN 3 valve may not last as long in patients whose bodies do not process calcium normally.
  • During the procedure, your doctors should monitor the dye used in the body; if used in excess it could lead to kidney damage. X-ray guidance used during the procedure may cause injury to the skin, which may be painful, damaging, and long-lasting.
  • Transcatheter aortic heart valve patients should take medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming, except when likely to have an adverse reaction, as determined by their physician. The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve has not been tested for use without medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.

Precautions:

The long-term durability of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve is not known at this time. Regular medical follow-up is recommended to evaluate how well a patient’s heart valve is performing. Safety, performance, and durability of the SAPIEN 3 valve has not been established for placement inside a previously implanted transcatheter valve.

The safety and effectiveness of the transcatheter heart valve is also not known for patients who have:

  • An aortic heart valve that is not calcified, contains only one or two leaflets, has leaflets with large pieces of calcium that may block the vessels that supply blood to the heart or in which the main problem is that the valve leaks.
  • Previous prosthetic ring in any position.
  • Previous atrial septal occlude.
  • A heart that does not pump well, has thickening of the heart muscle, with or without blockage, unusual ultrasound images of the heart that could represent irregularities such as a blood clot, a diseased mitral valve that is calcified or leaking, or Gorlin syndrome, a condition that affects many areas of the body and increases the risk of developing various cancers and tumors.
  • Low white, red or platelet blood cell counts, or history of bleeding because the blood does not clot properly.
  • Diseased, abnormal or irregularly shaped vessels leading to the heart. Vessels which are heavily diseased or too small for associated delivery devices, or a large amount of calcification at the point of entry.
  • Allergies to blood-thinning medications or dye injected during the procedure.
  • For a valve in valve procedure, there is a risk of leakage if the previously implanted tissue valve is not securely in place or if it is damaged. There is also the possibility that a partially detached valve leaflet from the previously implanted valve could block a blood vessel.
  • Additional pre-procedure imaging will be completed to evaluate proper sizing.

Potential risks associated with the procedure include:

  • Death, stroke, paralysis (loss of muscle function), permanent disability, or severe bleeding.
  • Risks to the heart, including heart attack or heart failure, a heart that does not pump well, irregular heartbeat that may result in a need for a permanent pacemaker, chest pain, heart murmur, false aneurysm, recurring aortic stenosis(narrowing), too much fluid around the heart, injury to the structure of the heart.
  • Risks to your lungs or breathing, including difficulty breathing, fainting, buildup of fluid in or around the lungs, weakness or inability to exercise.
  • Risks involving bleeding or your blood supply, including formation of a blood clot, high or low blood pressure, limited blood supply, a decrease in red blood cells, or abnormal lab values, bleeding in the abdominal cavity, collection of blood under the skin.
  • Additional risks, including life-threatening infection, dislodgement of calcified material, air embolism (air bubbles in the blood vessels), poor kidney function or failure, nerve injury, fever, allergic reaction to anesthesia or dye, reoperation, pain, infection or bleeding at incision sites, or swelling.

Additional potential risks specifically associated with the use of the heart valve include:

  • Valve movement after deployment, blockage or disruption of blood flow through the heart, need for additional heart surgery and possible removal of the SAPIEN 3 valve, a blood clot that requires treatment, damage to the valve (e.g., wear, breakage, recurring aortic stenosis), nonstructural valve dysfunction (e.g., leakage, inappropriate sizing or positioning, blockage, excess tissue in growth, blood cell damage, etc.) or mechanical failure of the delivery system and/or accessories.

CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

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Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

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Dr. Alex McIntyre, MD

Dr. Alex McIntyre, MD

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3  Specialties

  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

50  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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Education

  • University of KY
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • University of Kentucky
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • EMORY UNIVERSITY (CHIEF RESIDENT) CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY (ASSISTANT RESIDENT)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY (CHIEF RESIDENT)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • EMORY UNIVERSITY (CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY)
    Other Education | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
  • TWO-DIMENSIONAL DOPPLER ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC DIAGNOSIS OF A TRAUMATIC INTRACARDIAC SHUNT, 1986
  • A 10-YEAR FOLLOW-UP OF THE MOBIN UDDIN FILTER FOR VENA CAVA INTERRUPTION, 1984
  • AORTIC ATRESIA & AORTIC-LEFT VENTRICULAR TUNNEL: sUCCESSFUL SURGICAL MANAGEMENT BY kONNO AORTOVENTRICULOPLASTY IN A NEONATE., 1986
  • COMBINED MODALITY APPROACH TO SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OF THE ESOPHAGUS, 1985
  • REOPERATION FOR PROSTHETIC VALVE DEGENERATION AFTER KONNO AORTOVENTRICULOPLASTY, 1985
  • EXTRA-ANATOMIC GRAFTS: AN 11YEAR EXPERIENCE, 1980
  • RECURRENT VISCERAL ISCHEMIA: REVASCULARIZATION BY THORACIC AORTA TO SPLENIC ARTERY BYPASS, 1985
  • CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS SURGERY IN THE ELDERLY, 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Trustworthiness

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  • Explains condition(s) well

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  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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