St. George Regional Hospital's structural heart team has received extensive training and are very qualified to perform the TAVR procedure. TAVR may be a better alternative for people who have been diagnosed with moderate/severe aortic stenosis and are at intermediate or greater risk for surgery. TAVR (sometimes called transcatheter aortic valve implantation or TAVI) is a less-invasive procedure than open heart surgery.
Patients who may not be able to undergo traditional surgery because of factors such as age, history of heart disease, frailty, or other health issues are considered for TAVR.
Patients are evaluated by a team of cardiologists and heart surgeons, who determine whether this procedure is a good option. In certain cases, TAVR may not be appropriate because of co-existing medical conditions or other disease processes.
At our center we implant the following TAVR valves. Your physician will determine which valve is best for you:
CoreValve transcatheter aortic heart valve: This valve is made of natural tissue obtained from the heart of a pig. The valve leaflets are secured to a flexible, self-expanding metal frame (nickel-titanium) for support.
Edwards Sapien XT transcatheter heart valve: This valve is a biological valve (made from animal tissue) that replaces aortic valve.
TAVR is a significant procedure involving general anesthesia, and placement of the valve is associated with specific contraindications as well as serious adverse effects. These include risks of death, stroke, damage to the artery used for insertion of the valve, major bleeding, and other life-threatening and serious events. In addition, the longevity of the valves' function is not yet known.
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