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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Could It Be Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic valve problems may have no symptoms, but one or more of the following is common:

  • heart murmur
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling dizzy with activity or fainting
  • chest pain with activity
  • fatigue
If you have recently been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, ask your doctor for a referral to the Palos Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic, or speak to a TAVR coordinator directly at 708.923.5300. Testing is available to help determine appropriate next steps.

Medicine or traditional surgery may not be your best treatment options for severe aortic stenosis. You may be a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at Palos Health. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic stenosis.

What Is Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic stenosis is a common condition caused by the calcified, degenerative narrowing of the aortic heart valve. A narrowed valve can’t fully open, which limits blood flow to the body and makes your heart work harder. Over time the heart muscle weakens, causing chest pain, shortness of breath, increased fatigue, fainting or near fainting, and difficulty in performing daily activities.    

Benefits of TAVR

TAVR may help you live a longer, fuller life and get back to the activities you enjoy by improving aortic stenosis symptoms. Because it’s minimally invasive, TAVR also has fewer risks of complications than traditional open heart valve replacement surgery.

After TAVR, you’ll likely have more energy, less fatigue, less pain, and less difficulty breathing than before the procedure.

How Is TAVR Performed?

TAVR is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure. It uses a small, thin tube called a catheter to guide the new tissue valve into the diseased aortic valve area and is deployed within this space.

How to Prepare for TAVR

If you and your doctor choose TAVR for your care, you’ll work with a member of the TAVR Clinic team to schedule your procedure. Your doctor may also request blood and urine tests to check your health before treatment.

The day before TAVR, you’ll receive instructions and have a medication review so you know which medications you can take before your procedure.

To make sure your stay is comfortable, pack an overnight bag with comfortable clothes, slippers, and any personal items you need.

At any point before your procedure, reach out to our TAVR Clinic team with questions or concerns at 708.923.5300.

After TAVR

Depending on your health needs, you’ll likely be able to leave the hospital within two to three days after TAVR. During your stay, your care team will make sure you’re comfortable.

Recovery from TAVR generally takes only a few weeks, rather than the several months typically required for traditional open-heart surgery.

TAVR Follow-Up Care

You’ll schedule follow-up appointments 30 days and one year after TAVR treatment with the Palos Health TAVR Clinic. Your follow-up appointments may include tests to check on your progress.

Lifestyle Changes

Your doctor may recommend lifestyle adjustments to help keep your heart healthy. These may include:

  • Activity and exercise recommendations
  • Diet changes
  • Medication adjustments

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Closed Healthy Heart Valve

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Open Healthy Heart Valve

Heart Valve and Aortic Stenosis Care

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement