A transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR) is a minimally invasive heart procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly.
The procedure, which is less invasive than open heart surgery, typically takes approximately 1–2 hours. Your heart team will determine whether you should have a mild sedative or general anesthesia.
During TAVR, a cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeon insert a replacement valve into a catheter and guide it through an artery to the patient’s heart, where a balloon is expanded to deliver the valve.
Aortic stenosis affects more than 2.5 million Americans over the age of 75 annually. The loss of valve mobility may cause chest pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath, fatigue, light headedness or passing out, weakness, and other symptoms.
Patients who undergo TAVR spend less time in the hospital and can resume normal activities in 1-2 weeks.