Cardiac surgeons at Cleveland Clinic are treating diseases of the heart valves with a variety of techniques that have shortened recovery times, reduced complications and increased patient safety.
A minimally invasive technique for aortic valve replacement has emerged as one of the most exciting innovations in heart care in decades. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) allows doctors to insert a prosthetic valve inside a damaged valve in the cath lab. It’s a lifesaving option for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), for whom … Read More
We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve).
Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers and fries can live to be 90, when a vegetarian has a heart attack at 40? The answer may be in the genes. And the fact is, we are only beginning to understand how they affect … Read More
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Many older patients with heavy calcium deposits on their heart’s aortic valve (a condition called aortic stenosis, or AS) are considered too high risk for valve replacement surgery. Today, these patients have an option in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a method of inserting a new aortic valve within a damaged valve through … Read More
TAVR is the latest advance in aortic valve replacement; its minimally invasive approach means patients who previously were out of options now have an effective, safe choice for treatment.