When Valve Surgery Is Not an Option, Think TAVR

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

Heart Valve Innovation is Treating the Inoperable

The award-winning Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve is giving new hope to high risk patients with valve disease. Cleveland Clinic cardiologists were among the first clinicians in the country to use the device in an innovative procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve. New hope … Read More

What is a heart CT scan?

Your doctor may send you to a heart CT scan.  A traditional CT scan is an x-ray procedure that combines many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views of the body. Cardiac CT uses the advanced CT technology with intravenous (IV) contrast (dye) to visualize your heart muscle and structures, … Read More