TAVR replaces a diseased aortic valve with an artificial valve made of tissue, stainless steel and polymer. TAVR is currently limited to people who meet one or more of the following criteria:
This procedure does not require the use of a heart-lung machine. During surgery, the replacement valve is inserted into the heart through an artery in the leg or chest through a balloon catheter. Once in place, the new valve helps the blood flow properly by fully opening and closing at the correct time. Recovery is much faster than traditional open-chest and open-heart surgery.
For more on this breakthrough procedure, watch the video or visit the Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve website.
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