What is TAVR?

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place. The surgery may be called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implementation (TAVI).

TAVR procedure

How is TAVR unlike traditional open heart surgery?

  • It is a closed chest treatment
  • It takes place while the patient’s heart is still beating
  • It eliminates the need for heart/lung machine
  • It doesn’t require stopping the heart

What is Aortic Valve Stenosis?

Aortic valve stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and may also affect the pressure in the left atrium. Aortic valve stenosis does not always produce symptoms. It’s important to note that many people with aortic valve stenosis do not experience noticeable symptoms until the amount of restrictive blood flow becomes significantly reduced.

Symptoms of aortic stenosis may include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightness
  • Fainting, also called syncope
  • Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding or noticeable heartbeats
  • Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities requiring mild exertion
  • Heart murmur

To learn more about the TAVR procedure, contact Vivian Maynes, RN, BSN, Heart Valve Naviagor at (727) 819-2969, or talk to your physician.