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The human heart is a muscular organ that is made up of four chambers and there are four valves that allow blood to flow through the heart. The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs where it picks up oxygen and the left side receives this oxygenated blood and pumps it to the rest of the body. Some individuals as they age may develop severe ‘stenosis’ of the aortic valve in the heart. Stenosis may be caused by the build-up of calcium in the valve which doesn’t allow it to open and close properly. This leads to a very serious condition which impairs blood flow and can weaken the heart over time.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a revolutionary minimally invasive procedure that allows the aortic valve in your heart to be replaced with a new valve while your heart is still beating. Patients who may be candidates for this procedure are carefully evaluated by our clinical ‘heart team’ before determining that TAVR is the best option for treatment. For patients who have a health condition that is considered a higher-risk for traditional valve replacement surgery, TAVR may be an option.
TAVR can be performed through multiple approaches, transfemoral (in the leg), transapical (in the chest between the ribs) and transaortic (in the upper chest). A sheath or hollow tube is inserted into the artery and a ‘balloon’ is placed across the valve. Then the balloon is inflated and anchors the new heart valve in place. The valve begins to work immediately.
Benefits of TAVR
- TAVR offers another treatment option for patients with severe aortic heart valve narrowing.
- The valve can be replaced less invasively through a catheter or sheath instead of having to open the chest as in traditional surgery.
- Recovery is usually faster and less painful.
- Overall, TAVR offers patients with severe aortic stenosis a better quality of life
For more information about aortic valve stenosis and TAVR, visit NewHeartValve.com.