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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)


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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) 
is a minimally invasive procedure for select patients who have been diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and are not candidates for open heart surgery.

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.

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The TAVR procedure allows for the placement of a balloon-expandable aortic heart valve into the body using catheters rather than traditional surgery methods. This less invasive procedure is different than open heart surgery. TAVR uses a catheter to replace the heart valve instead of opening up the chest and completely removing the diseased valve.

It can be performed in multiple ways, however the most common approach is the transfemoral approach (through an incision in the leg). Only a Heart Team can decide which approach is best, based on a person's medical condition and other factors. Once in place, the replacement valve functions like a normal, healthy valve with proper blood flow.

Meet Our TAVR Team

Nathaniel Boyer, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

Jane Luu, MD 
Interventional Cardiologist

Terry Shih, MD
Cardiac Surgeon

Robert Dubose, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon