Valve Clinic: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
While aortic valve replacement may be the standard treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis, it’s not an option for everyone. For high-risk patients, our Strickland Heart Center’s Valve Clinic now provides transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.
TAVR is a less invasive alternative to traditional valve replacement for patients with a history of kidney disease, lung disease, cancer or previous heart procedures.
What is aortic stenosis?
Aortic stenosis means your aortic valve has a problem opening. This condition can tire the heart, causing the muscle to weaken—and it can quickly get worse. Patients with aortic stenosis may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty exerting or exercising
Left untreated, approximately half of aortic stenosis patients will not survive two years after the onset of symptoms if left untreated.
TAVR replaces the patient’s faulty valve without stopping the heart—eliminating the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. This shortens the procedure, lessens pain and reduces hospital stay.
Find a heart specialist now, or call 678-312-5000 for a physician referral.