Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
How Does TAVR Work?
During the valve replacement procedure, a collapsible heart valve is placed into the body via catheter through a femoral artery the groin (transfemoral approach) or through the chest (transapical approach).
What Happens During the TAVR Procedure?
The heart continues to beat therefore cardiopulmonary bypass is not required. The flaps of tissue (valve leaflets) that open and close to regulate the flow of blood in one direction are sewn onto a balloon-expandable steel frame.
The valve is crimped down to the diameter of a pencil, then placed into your body via a catheter through your femoral artery in your groin (transfemoral approach) or through your chest (transapical approach). The delivery system allows for controlled placement which helps to protect the surrounding structures within your heart. Once in place, the transcatheter heart valve functions like a normal, healthy valve with proper blood flow.
Transapical Approach Animation (TAVR) Video
Transfemoral Approach Animation (TAVR) Video
Advanced Care for Heart Valve Disease Video
TAVR Team at The Heart Institute
TAVR procedure was approved by the FDA in November of 2011. The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital was one of the first in the region to offer this advanced heart valve procedure for severe aortic stenosis. The surgery is performed by a multidisciplinary team of Heart Institute cardiologists, interventional radiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons.
Are You a Candidate for TAVR?
We actively evaluate patients who may be candidates for TAVR. If you are seeking heart valve surgery options, consult with us. We also provide second opinions. To learn more or to schedule a visit, please call 215-345-2328.
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