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.
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 on your feet faster. Any severe aortic stenosis patients who are experiencing symptoms should be considered for TAVR. Only a TAVR 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.
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.