TAVR Called ‘Transformative’ for Your Heart’s Aortic Valve

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

SAVR Heart Surgery Outcomes Improve Even as Population Ages

If you need surgery for aortic valve disease – you may be worried – wondering what this surgery involves. What are the risks?  Will I survive?  These questions are even more worrisome when you have other medical conditions or need other heart surgery.  But – never fear – your chances for a successful surgery have … Read More

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

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TAVR Gets Wider Approval (Video)

Diseased or damaged aortic valves may need to be replaced. This is usually done through open surgery. But some patients are too sick or frail for surgery. Now they have an alternative. It’s called trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This technique uses a special device that goes through the blood vessels. Only a small incision … Read More