Who Qualifies for TAVR

All patients diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, also known as heart valve failure, should ask for a TAVR evaluation.

Additional types of patients who should ask for a TAVR evaluation include:

  • Bicuspid aortic valve patients who are experiencing symptoms. Open heart surgery is sometimes the best option, but it is not always the only option.
  • Those patients whose aortic valve has already been replaced but whose replacement valve is failing.

Who determines if I qualify for TAVR?

A qualified TAVR Doctor who works together with a larger Heart Team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the TAVR procedure is right for you.

A Heart Team is a specialized care team of qualified healthcare professionals who work together to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. This team includes:

  • Interventional cardiologists (TAVR Doctors)
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Imaging specialists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac cath lab staff
  • Cardiologist

What happens during the TAVR evaluation?

Your TAVR evaluation will be performed at a specialized TAVR Hospital by a qualified TAVR Doctor who is part of a larger Heart Team.

Your TAVR Doctor will run several tests to determine the best treatment plan for you and to evaluate if you are a TAVR candidate. Some of these tests include:

  • An angiogram to examine how blood is flowing through your heart’s arteries
  • An  echocardiogram to help your doctors see your heart
  • Other diagnostic tests which can be explored in our FAQs section

In some cases, you may have already been given some of these tests. However, it may be important that the tests be taken again at the request of your Heart Team. Although it may feel like a lot of appointments, it’s important because your Heart Team wants to make sure they are recommending the best treatment option for you.

Don’t wait. Ask your doctor for a TAVR evaluation today

If you’re experiencing symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pain, it’s time to act. Waiting isn’t an option. Without treatment, up to 50% of patients with severe aortic stenosis will die within an average of 2 years after symptoms appear.1

TAVR discussion guide

Start your golden years off right by asking your regular heart doctor (cardiologist) to be referred for a TAVR evaluation today to find out if it’s right for you. Use this discussion guide to help you have a productive conversation at your next appointment.

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1. Otto C. Timing of aortic valve surgery [Valve Disease]. Heart. 2000;84(2):211-218.