Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

About TAVR

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:

  1. Experiencing symptoms from severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening that prevents normal blood flow)
  2. At high risk for traditional aortic valve replacement
  3. Advanced age (usually 75 years or older)

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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