Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
For high-risk patients and those who are not suitable for open-heart surgery, another option is now available - transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) - a less invasive procedure that does not require open-heart surgery.
TAVR, avoids the trauma of surgically opening the chest, dividing the breastbone and replacing the damaged aortic valve with a mechanical or biological one.
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Interventionalists enter non-invasively through a small needle hole, usually at the upper leg. They place a sheath, which is a small hollow tube the diameter of a pencil, in the femoral artery.
Guided by X-ray and ultrasound technology, the doctors then insert a catheter tube with a balloon on its end across the diseased valve. They briefly inflate the balloon to make room for the new valve to be inserted and expanded inside the old one.
Watch the following videos to learn more about the TAVR team and hear other stories.
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Learn more about comprehensive cardiovascular care offered at Cape Cod Healthcare. Talk to your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or your Cardiologist to find out if you are a candidate for the TAVR procedure.