The Less Invasive Therapy for Severe Aortic Stenosis
You may feel overwhelmed if you have been recently diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and this can make it harder to take the step toward treatment. But the sooner you seek care, the quicker you will be able to get back to life and all the things you love.
There is a severe aortic stenosis therapy available that may help you get back on your feet faster. It’s called TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), and it is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve.
This procedure used to only be available for people who were too weak to undergo open heart surgery. But now, TAVR is available to more people depending on their risk for open heart surgery. The procedure is also an option for people who had their aortic valve replaced in the past, but need a new one because the replacement may no longer work well.
In the transfemoral approach, your TAVR Doctor will make a small incision in your leg and a catheter will be inserted into your artery while your heart is still beating. Your TAVR Doctor will then guide the catheter up to your heart and will replace the valve within your diseased aortic valve. Learn more about what to expect during the TAVR procedure.
Your TAVR Doctor may decide that a different approach is necessary depending on various factors. Other ways to perform the TAVR procedure include:
- Subclavian Approach: Through an incision near the shoulder.
- Transapical Approach: Through an incision in the chest between the ribs.
- Transaortic Approach: Through an incision in the upper chest.
Your TAVR Doctor will request several tests to determine the best treatment for you and to evaluate if you are an ideal TAVR candidate. To find a doctor who can evaluate you for TAVR, use our Find a TAVR Hospital tool to find one near you. Once in the care of a specialized TAVR Doctor, they can provide you with the resources and support to take control of your severe aortic stenosis.
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