Get Back to Life with the Less Invasive Therapy for Severe Aortic Stenosis
You have the courage to stare your severe aortic stenosis in the face and say not today. Standing up to your disease means asking your doctor about the best treatment option to get back to the life you love.
Today, more patients than ever are eligible for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a less invasive treatment option that puts you in control of how to treat your severe aortic stenosis.
TAVR, also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), is a less invasive procedure that is designed to replace a diseased aortic valve and get you back to the activities you love. All severe aortic stenosis patients who are experiencing symptoms should be evaluated for TAVR. Only a TAVR Heart Team can tell you if it is right for you.
The procedure is also an option for people at high risk for surgery who had their aortic valve replaced in the past, but need a new one because the replacement may no longer work well.
When slowing down isn’t an option, TAVR is the clear choice to treat severe aortic stenosis. Ask your doctor about your treatment options and then explore why more patients are getting TAVR.
Waiting Isn’t an Option for Loved Ones
Beverly did not want to watch and wait for her husband’s severe aortic stenosis to worsen before seeking treatment. Instead, she asked for a second opinion.
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 if TAVR is the best treatment for you. 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.