Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR or TAVI) is a ground breaking procedure where our physicians are able to replace your aortic valve without performing open heart surgery. Aortic stenosis is the most common valve problem that we may develop as we age. It involves thickening and calcification of the aortic valve (the last valve of the heart – connecting the pumping chamber of the heart to the aorta). When the valve is not able to open well enough, symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, or chest pain may occur. Conventional treatment for this is performing an open-heart procedure to remove your diseased aortic valve and replacing it with a new valve.
TAVR provides an alternative treatment to conventional open-heart surgery. This is a less invasive procedure where a catheter is used to replace the aortic valve. Through the arteries in your groin, a new aortic valve is mounted on a catheter and positioned where your diseased aortic valve is. Then a new valve pushes your old valve out of the way and replaces it with a new aortic valve. Many studies have shown this to be an effective treatment for those who are considered higher risk for conventional open-heart surgeries. Our physicians will help inform you if you may be a candidate for the procedure, and our physicians have special expertise in this treatment.
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