Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The Less Invasive Therapy for Severe Aortic Stenosis

The idea of open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve can feel scary. Luckily for more and more patients, the less invasive TAVR heart procedure may be an option.TAVR valve diagram

Unlike open heart surgery, in which an incision is made across the full length of your chest to remove the unhealthy valve, TAVR uses a catheter to implant a new valve within your diseased valve. TAVR can be performed in multiple ways but the most common is through an incision in the leg.

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With this less invasive valve procedure, people may return to daily activities sooner than with open heart surgery. The procedure may shorten the aortic valve replacement recovery time, which is why more patients are talking to their doctor about it.

Other TAVR benefits include:
  • Improved quality of life following the procedure, including the ability to return to normal daily activities
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Relief of symptoms
  • Reduced pain and anxiety
  • Improved heart function
To find out if TAVR is right for you, start first with your primary care provider or cardiologist and they will help make the determination.  A referral from a PCP or cardiologist is required.
Your personal health history will be needed to determine your best treatment option. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following:
  • Stroke
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Prior open heart surgery
  • Fatigue (low energy)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Frailty (weakness)
  • Fainting
  • Prior chest radiation
  • Coronary artery disease
  • COPD
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes

EMMC's talented Structural Heart Center team is made up of the following surgeons, interventional cardiologists, non-invasive cardiologists, and other knowledgeable professionals, including:

Darrell Hoffman, MD,
John D. Klemperer, MD, FACS,
Matthew S. McKay, MD,
interventional cardiologist

Guillermo J. Crespo, MD,
interventional cardiologist

Isidore C. Okere, MD,
interventional cardiologist

Chae C. Choi, MD,
non-invasive cardiologist

Eddy Karnabi, MD, PhD,
non-invasive cardiologist

Christopher D. Lang, MD,
non-invasive cardiologist

Ann M. Johansen, FNP,
clinical coordinator

It is important to note that patients must be referred to EMMC Structural Heart Center by their primary care provider or cardiologist, although you are welcome to call us at any time with questions. To learn more about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), contact us using the form below.

TAVR Media

Senior Talk with Carol Higgins-Taylor

Learn more about TAVR from Matthew McKay, MD, FACC and Ann Johansen, FNP on WVOM's Senior Talk with Carol Higgins-Taylor (Originally broadcast 9/15/18)

Patient Experience: Floyd's Story

Patient Experience: Spike's Story