Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
TAVR Program Information
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure for select patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are not candidates for open chest surgery or are high-risk operable candidates. Sacred Heart is one of three hospitals in Oregon approved to provide this life-saving procedure.
About the TAVR procedure
Severe aortic stenosis is a narrowing of your aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow. It can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy, or can be related to age. Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis (AS), and about 500,000 of those suffer from severe AS.
The TAVR procedure allows for the placement of a balloon-expandable aortic heart valve into the body using catheters rather than traditional surgery methods. The procedure is performed through a small incision in the femoral artery near the groin. Once in place, the replacement valve functions like a normal, healthy valve with proper blood flow.
The procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid operating room by a multidisciplinary team of cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists.
Benefits of TAVR
Benefits include improved cardiac outcomes and quality of life for patients who previously had no options. Patients who qualify can experience:
- Fewer days in the ICU and shorter hospital stays
- Earlier return to normal activities
- Less blood loss than conventional surgical valve replacement