Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Have you been diagnosed with a valve disease such as aortic stenosis? If so, your MedStar physician may recommend transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This procedure replaces a patient’s aortic valve via a small catheter placed through the femoral artery . MedStar Union Memorial is one of the few hospitals in the region that offers this type of valve replacement procedure.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

A transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure is an advanced treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis or abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure appropriate for those who are at high risk for traditional open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery.

Studies have shown that patients can achieve a significantly better quality of life when they undergo this valve replacement procedure than they do with medication alone. Through years-long clinical trials, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute interventional cardiologists have confirmed that a TAVR is a safe and effective treatment for aortic stenosis.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure

During the procedure your interventional cardiologist  or cardiac surgeon will use insert a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into your femoral artery through a small incision in your groin. The doctor will then move the catheter through blood vessels and into your heart. A specially designed replacement valve fits into the catheter and your surgeon carefully places it inside of your damaged aortic valve. Once inside, the valve replacement expands and functions as the aortic valve.

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Who is a Candidate for TAVR?

This procedure is an option for patients who have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis or another valve disease that cause severe narrowing of the aortic valve and are either unable to undergo traditional open-heart surgery or are too high-risk.

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Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis is a type of heart valve disease that causes narrowing of your aortic heart valve. Over time it can cause your heart to work harder, which causes a buildup of pressure and thickens the heart muscle. If the condition is not treated, it can lead to serious health issues or even death. Treatments typically include open-heart valve replacement or TAVR.

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