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.

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