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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a surgical procedure for patients with severe and symptomatic narrowing of the aortic valve opening, known as aortic stenosis.


How does it work?

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve ReplacementTranscatheter aortic valve replacement involves replacing a damaged aortic valve with one made from cow or pig heart tissue.

To perform TAVR, the doctor may access the patient’s heart through a blood vessel in the leg or a tiny incision in the chest. A catheter is inserted through the access point and is guided by imaging technology to the heart and into the aortic valve.

Once the new valve is positioned, a balloon is inflated to expand the replacement valve into the appropriate position. When the physician is confident the valve is in place, the catheter is removed.


Am I a good candidate for treatment?

TAVR may be an option for patients who:

  • Have aortic stenosis that causes signs and symptoms
  • Have a risk of complications from surgical aortic valve replacement
  • Have an existing biological tissue valve that isn’t working well anymore

What can I expect after treatment?

Patients may spend the night in the ICU for monitoring after the procedure, and an additional two to five days recovering in the hospital.

Patients will need regular follow up appointments with a physician after the procedure. TAVR may relieve the signs and symptoms of aortic valve stenosis and improve a patient’s overall health and quality of life. Patients should report any new or worsening signs or symptoms to their physician.

A physician may also recommend healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking.

Transapical Procedure

Visually see how the transapical procedure is performed.

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Transfemoral Procedure

TAVR is for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and are considered either high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery. This less invasive procedure is different than open heart surgery.

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