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FAQs about TAVR

What is aortic stenosis?

It is a cardiac condition that causes abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve, which impedes blood flow to the heart and can lead to heart failure. Its symptoms include fainting, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and lung congestion.

What happens if I do not receive aortic valve replacement?

Articles* indicate that among symptomatic patients with medically treated moderate to severe aortic stenosis, mortality from the onset of symptoms is approximately 25% at one year and 50% at two years.

*Source: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/150638-overview

What is TAVR?

It is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers a replacement valve via catheter while the heart is still beating.

Who is a candidate for TAVR?

Patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who are not eligible for open-heart surgery or are at very high risk, either due to age, history of heart disease, frailty or other health issues.

What are the risks and possible complications of TAVR?

While many people with severe aortic stenosis deemed too high risk for surgery have benefited from TAVR, this procedure is considered a major interventional/surgical procedure. Our TAVR team determines your benefit versus risk of TAVR based on your past medical history and current physical condition. Please share important medical information, ask questions, and share your concerns when you meet our TAVR doctors.

Call 1-888-569-1000 to learn more or to schedule an appointment

AtlantiCare Heart Heroes AED Matching Funds Program

A partnership to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in our community

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for The Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation.

  • Organizations requesting an AED upon approval of matching funds must:
  • Notify local Emergency Medical Services office that it holds an AED
  • Have a licensed physician or medical authority provide medical oversight to ensure quality control
  • Have personnel responsible for using the AED certified in CPR and use of an AED
  • Conduct programs or services for the public where there is potential for emergency response to a heart attack

*Meeting criteria does not confirm matching funds will be granted.
(Matching funds program - $600 per AED)

TAVR Cardiac Procedure


If you or someone you love has severe aortic stenosis but is not a good candidate for open-heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery is an excellent option to consider. Performed through a catheter, this minimally invasive procedure allows a new valve to be implanted within the diseased native valve while the heart is still beating. Highly skilled surgeons perform this procedure at The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

An evaluation and consultation with a Cardiologist from AtlantiCare Physician Group or one of its affiliates can help determine whether traditional surgical aortic valve replacement is the right aortic stenosis solution or if the advanced TAVR procedure is a better alternative and, if so, which TAVR approach would be appropriate.

Three TAVR approaches, numerous advantages

  • The TAVR procedure can be performed through one of three different approaches:
  • Transfemoral (through an incision in the leg)
  • Transapical (through an incision in the chest between the ribs)
  • Transaortic (through an incision in the upper chest)
  • Subclavian (through subclavian artery)

Regardless of the approach, patients typically feel better immediately and recover faster.

Other advantages of TAVR include improvement in symptoms, fewer days in the ICU, shorter hospital stays, faster return to normal activities, lower risk of cardiac and respiratory complications, and less blood loss than conventional surgery.

Learn more about the TAVR procedure, and its risks, on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Patient Success Stories

"A Love Story...Meant to Be Continued"

Joe DeFeo, Egg Harbor Township, NJ


This year a suspected flu canceled Joe and Eileen’s anniversary trip to Cape May.

Instead they went to AtlantiCare’s Primary Care Plus, where his new primary care physician heard some alarming heart sounds. He immediately referred Joe to the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

Tests revealed a serious valve condition that could’ve killed Joe at any moment. Just 8 weeks after Joe’s open-heart surgery, he and Eileen have returned to the place where their love story began.

And they credit AtlantiCare’s seamless integration of primary and specialty care, plus the region’s only 5-star heart surgeons, for making this next chapter possible.

Joe and Eileen's Story

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