TAVR: A minimally invasive solution
Healing a damaged healthy heart requires a precise coordination of care. Our team of heart and vascular specialists are committed to ensure you have access to the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available.
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. This leaves them with no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay their disease progression. However, TAVR, trans catheter aortic valve replacement, offers these patients 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.
Qualified patients include those who have:
- Severe symptoms caused by aortic valve stenosis
- Been determined to be inoperable for open aortic valve replacement by a cardiothoracic surgeon
- No co-morbidities that would impede the expected benefits of correcting the aortic stenosis
If you think you may be a candidate for TAVR, talk to your doctor or call the Structural Heart Clinic.