Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure for patients with aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the valve due to calcium deposits. Treatment for aortic valve stenosis is usually valve replacement done as an open heart procedure, but some patients are not candidates.
Who is a candidate for TAVR?
TAVR is FDA-approved for those who are not candidates for open-heart surgery or patients who are risky to operate on including patients with:
- Scarring from previous bypass surgeries or radiation
- Severe hardening of the arteries
- Conditions that won't allow them to go on a heart bypass pump without significant risks
- Older patients (late 80s or older) who are not candidates for traditional surgery
How does TAVR work?
With TAVR, a catheter delivers a collapsed replacement heart valve to the site of the faulty valve. Once at the valve site, the new valve is expanded and lodged in place. It also pins the old valve leaflets against the artery walls out of the way as it takes over the valve function.
Learn how TAVR is performed
What are the advantages of TAVR?
Because it's a minimally invasive procedure, patients usually have shorter hospital stays and faster recovery than with traditional open-heart surgery.