Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis, a condition where the aortic valve in the heart is narrowed. When one of the valves of the heart is damaged, it puts pressure on the heart to work harder to pump the same amount of blood.
Usually, surgery through the breastbone is required to replace the narrowed valve. But for patients who are elderly or who have other medical conditions, this type of surgery may not be possible. Patients who do not receive an aortic valve replacement have no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay their disease progression. Thanks to TAVR, these patients now have an effective treatment option.
With TAVR, the aortic valve is replaced using a catheter, which is inserted through a small incision. The artificial valve is expanded inside the existing valve by inflating a balloon. This new treatment brings hope to individuals who are at high-risk for traditional surgery.
ProMedica is proud to lead the way with this amazing, new procedure.
Watch the video below to learn how TAVR works to restore the health of your heart, or learn more about aortic stenosis.
Michael Moront, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeons for Northwest Ohio, ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institutes, explains more about TAVR, a new lifesaving heart procedure available at only a few centers in the United States.