Transcatheter aortic valve replacement.or TAVR, is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure currently recommended only for individuals who are considered too sick to undergo a surgical aortic valve replacement. TAVR allows patients with severe stenosis who are inoperable or at high risk to receive a new valve. The new valve is delivered via a catheter inserted through the groin (similar to a cardiac catheterization) or a small incision under the breast. The new valve is placed within your diseased valve while your heart is still beating. Patients are generally discharged home within 48 hours.
Testing for TAVR
If your physician determines you are a candidate for TAVR, you will undergo a series of tests. These tests include:
- Confirmation of your diagnosis by two cardiac surgeons
- An echocardiogram of your heart to determine the size of your aortic valve
- A multidetector computed tomography scan to get a closer look at your valve
- A diagnostic cardiac catheterization to assess the condition of your coronary arteries
At many hospitals, these tests can take several months to complete. At Lourdes, they can be done and you can be scheduled for your procedure in a few days to weeks.
Your Cardiac Team
The Lourdes team of cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists and specially trained nurses are nationally recognized for their clinical excellence and compassionate care. They are always available to answer any questions you or your family may have.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about aortic valve procedures at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, call Karl Madrid at 609-313-4314.