Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Good Samaritan Hospital has been for a pioneer in a new treatment option called the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is used for aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a progressive disease that affects the aortic valves of the heart and affects up to 1.5 million people in the United States. Approximately 250,000 of those people develop debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal day-to-day activities, such as walking short distances or climbing stairs. While usually these patients can benefit from surgery to replace their ailing valve, many people do not have the surgery because they are too frail for operations or put off surgery fearing the risks and slow recovery.

TAVR is a new approach that addressed the aortic stenosis without the major surgery but instead by placing a new valve using a catheter. A highly-skilled cardiologist will thread a catheter that has a balloon device and a collapsed replacement valve up an artery to the point where the replacement valve needs to be placed. The replacement valve is then placed inside the patient’s aortic valve. The TAVR procedure is usually most performed by running the catheter through the femoral artery in the leg, but sometimes the approach will be through a small incision between the ribs.

Open-heart surgery remains the gold standard for aortic valve replacement, but not all patients are candidates for open heart surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a miraculous technology that can be used for patients who are not candidates for surgery who need treatment for aortic stenosis. Good Samaritan has been a pioneer in this procedure, which has just recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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