Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The cardiology program at Providence continues to be at the forefront of providing the best possible care to patients with advanced heart disease.

For patients with severe aortic stenosis, there may be an alternative option to open-heart surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR, is a minimally invasive option available to some patients.

TAVR works by inserting a replacement valve into the existing aortic valve via a small incision in the groin or chest. Your doctor does not open your chest to perform this procedure. Once the new valve is placed, it immediately takes over valve function, regulating blood flow out of your heart.

TAVR is approved by the FDA for intermediate risk, high risk or inoperable surgical patients at this time.

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HealthBreak: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Michael Reed, M.D., discusses the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program at the International Heart Institute of Montana.