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If you’ve been told you have a defective aortic heart valve, you may have a heart condition called aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis develops when rocky deposits have built up in your heart’s main exit valve. The valve stiffens and narrows so blood cannot flow through as it should to the rest of your body. Over time, this weakens the heart and increases your risk of heart failure. Aortic stenosis is a serious condition. Some people with aortic stenosis can have open heart surgery to replace the defective valve. But others, due to age, frail health or other complicating conditions, are considered too high risk for open heart surgery.
The Center for Advanced Heart Disease at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center offers a less invasive valve replacement procedure as an alternative to open surgery for select patients. The Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Replacement, or TAVR, is performed by our team of highly respected and experienced heart specialists. Using a catheter through the patient’s leg or chest while under general anesthesia, the TAVR is less invasive and requires only a small incision as compared to open heart surgery. Patients can expect a shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery time.
Talk to your cardiologist or primary care doctor to find out if this procedure is right for you.
Kevin Brady, MD
CV Surgery, Board Chair
Joshua Waggoner, MD