Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
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Beebe Healthcare is the first hospital in Sussex County to perform the innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures.
Patients with aortic stenosis benefit from the TAVR procedure. Aortic stenosis is a build-up of calcium deposits on the last door in your heart known as the aortic valve. This causes the opening to narrow and reduce the blood flow to the rest of your body. Over time, if your valve doesn’t fully open, your heart must work harder to push blood through to your body. This narrowing can lead to debilitating symptoms such as shortness of breath, lightheadedness, fatigue, and shortened lifespan.
During the TAVR procedure, an artificial valve is implanted through a catheter, which is inserted through a large artery in the patient’s leg, eliminating the need for open-heart surgery and use of a heart lung machine.
Previously, TAVR was used only if a patient was considered inoperable or high-risk for a traditional valve replacement or open-heart surgery, but the procedure has received approval for low- to intermediate-risk patients. TAVR also can be used to replace failing tissue aortic valves, eliminating the need for those patients to have a second open-heart surgery.
If you have a valve condition, discuss it with your cardiologist as you might be a candidate for the TAVR procedure. If you would like more information, fill out the form via the button below.