What Is TAVR

If you've been diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, also known as heart valve failure, put yourself in the driver's seat of your health. Learn about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and ask your doctor for a TAVR evaluation at your next appointment.

TAVR is a less invasive way to replace a diseased aortic valve compared to open heart surgery. It is also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation).

Is TAVR surgery?

Unlike surgery, TAVR does not involve opening the chest. The average TAVR procedure is about 1 hour compared to open heart surgery, which lasts about 4 hours. Most patients return home the next day and have a shorter recovery time, getting them back to everyday activities. TAVR should be considered for all heart valve failure patients.

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What happens during TAVR

TAVR is a less invasive procedure that replaces a diseased aortic valve. It is done through a small incision, typically in the groin. This is known as the transfemoral approach . A catheter is inserted into your artery through the incision while your heart is still beating. The catheter is then guided up to your heart, and the new TAVR valve is placed inside of your diseased aortic valve.

Other approaches for TAVR may be considered by your TAVR Doctor depending on your individual anatomy. Learn more about what happens during TAVR, step by step.

How does TAVR compare to open heart surgery?

What are the potential benefits of TAVR?

Your life belongs to you, not heart valve failure. Take it back with TAVR. Benefits may include:

  • Improved heart function
  • Relief of symptoms
  • Improved quality of life following the procedure
  • Most patients go home the next day and recover quicker
  • Less pain and anxiety
  • Minimal scarring

The most serious risks of TAVR include death, stroke, serious damage to the arteries, or serious bleeding.

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Suzanne's retirement was the start of her second act, allowing her to enjoy the outdoors more than ever. When diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (heart valve failure), she took control and was treated with TAVR. Now she's back to enjoying her outdoor adventures.

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You have a say in your treatment. Ask your doctor for a TAVR evaluation

All patients who have symptoms of heart valve failure should ask their doctor if TAVR is an option. You can also put yourself in the driver’s seat of your health by finding a TAVR Hospital near you, where you will be evaluated for all your treatment options.

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