What is TAVR?
PeaceHealth takes pride in introducing minimally-invasive heart technologies and surgical techniques into our communities, including this advanced procedure that helps patients take their lives back from aortic stenosis.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that places a new aortic valve inside the diseased valve. TAVR can reduce aortic stenosis symptoms, improve heart function, and allow patients to avoid open heart surgery and get back to doing what they love quickly and more easily.
How does the TAVR procedure work?
The TAVR procedure can be performed using multiple different starting points on the body. Two common examples follow:
- A small incision is made in the upper leg. Then, your surgeon guides the new valve up to your heart, into your artery, and to the diseased valve.
- A small incision is made in the chest. Then, your surgeon guides the new valve through a large artery or the left ventricle and to the diseased valve.
Both approaches are minimally invasive. The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours, and patients are typically sent home from the hospital within 3-5 days.
Is TAVR right for me?
Your first step should be scheduling a visit to your primary care physician or cardiologist. Your care team will develop a personalized care plan to determine if TAVR is right for you, and if not, explore a range of treatments from lifestyle changes and medication management to open-heart surgery.
Choose PeaceHealth for your TAVR procedure
You won’t miss a beat when you choose PeaceHealth for your TAVR procedure.
The trusted choice
Your heart is in good hands when you pick PeaceHealth. Our cardiac teams that perform TAVR have an average of 32 years of surgical experience and are extensively trained on the procedure. We are the only NCDR Transcatheter Valve Certified program in the communities that we serve.
The TAVR procedure can be performed at locations in Washington and Oregon, so you can get the care you need without traveling far. And you can schedule an appointment with a PeaceHealth cardiologist more quickly than any of the leading heart care providers in the communities that we serve.