Heart Hospital of Austin offers a safe and effective procedure for those with severe aortic stenosis. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) involves placing a new aortic valve into the body via a catheter inserted through a small incision in the leg or chest, guided to the heart through the circulatory system. TAVR can offer a much shorter recovery time of 1-2 weeks versus 6-8 weeks with the traditional sternotomy (open chest surgery).
To find out if you are a candidate for TAVR, call (512) 407-VALV (8258).
The Benefits of TAVR:
- Performed without stopping the heart
- No need for cardiopulmonary bypass
- Minimally invasive procedure that can result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time
Qualifications for Potential Candidates:
Patients with severe aortic stenosis with a history of:
- Previous sternotomy
- Previous radiation to the chest
- Porcelain (calcified) aorta
- Cerebral or peripheral vascular disease, lung disease, chronic kidney disease, or other coexisting medical conditions
The leaflets of a stenotic or calcified aortic heart valve are unable to open wide, obstructing blood flow from the left ventricle into the aorta which may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath.
What is a Severe Aortic Stenosis
Severe aortic stenosis is a condition in which the opening of the aortic valve becomes narrow, restricting blood flow from the heart. Symptoms include chest pain and chest pressure. It can also cause blood to back up into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath. It often develops debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal day-to-day activities, such as walking short distances or climbing stairs.
“Over time, the valve can become calcified, preventing it from opening and obstructing blood flow. Open-chest surgery is the traditional treatment method for this condition, but catheter-based valve replacement gives hope to patients who cannot undergo surgery for a variety of reasons.”
Juhana Karha, M.D.
Medical Director, Heart Valve Clinic
Interventional Cardiologist, Austin Heart
Image of new valve implanted in aorta after successful
TAVR procedure. Proper blood flow is restored.
Heart Hospital of Austin’s quality outcomes and technologically advanced facility lend to the many reasons it is among the first hospitals in the nation selected to receive and treat patients with the TAVR technology since its FDA approval.