What is TAVR?
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure where a heart valve is replaced rather than open chest surgery. A specially trained team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons uses a balloon catheter, inserted through a small incision in the leg or under the clavicle, to place a new valve within the diseased valve.
Benefits of TAVR
Patients who undergo TAVR tend to have greater stamina and be more physically active. Additionally, patients usually leave the hospital within two to three days and recovery after TAVR typically takes just a few weeks, rather than the months associated with traditional heart surgery.
Is TAVR for me?
TAVR is available for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis patients, including those at low risk for complications from open heart surgery.
Symptoms of aortic stenosis include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness, feeling dizzy, and/or fainting
- Difficulty when exercising
- Heart palpitations
Have you been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis? Ask your doctor for a referral to the Palos Health TAVR Clinic or call the clinic directly at 708.923.5300 to speak with our Valve Clinic coordinator. Through a series of diagnostic tests, such as a chest X-ray, echocardiogram, angiogram and others, we can determine the appropriate approach to your care.