A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is recommended when a doctor determines that a patient has severe aortic stenosis. This occurs when a heart valve that regulates the blood flow from the heart, called the aortic valve, narrows or becomes obstructed.
TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a new valve to be inserted within the existing, failing valve. A specially-trained Heart Team. works together to perform the procedure. It can save lives and significantly improve quality of life for patients.
Unlike SAVR, a surgical aortic valve replacement that requires open-heart surgery, TAVR procedures typically involve a shorter recovery time and there is less risk of stroke both during and after the TAVR procedure.