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What is TAVR?

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure, is a treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis. TAVR is performed as a team by both cardiologists and heart surgeons. Through a small incision in the leg artery, a self-expanding replacement valve is implanted. Your diseased aortic valve is not removed but is used as an anchor for the new and better functioning valve. In some instances, the leg artery cannot be utilized; however, there are alternate access options available.

TAVR patients are initially evaluated by both heart surgeons and cardiologist at the Phoebe Heart Valve Clinic to determine if TAVR is the best treatment option for your diseased valve.

For TAVR to be recommended as an appropriate treatment pathway, the evaluation must confirm the following:

  • The patient has severe aortic stenosis and is causing life-threatening symptoms
  • The patient’s aortic valve and blood vessels are of appropriate size to accommodate a successful TAVR procedure
  • The technical aspects of the TAVR can be performed

Speak with our Heart Valve Clinic experts to see if TAVR is right for you: 229-312-8258.