Transcatheter Aortic Valve ReplacementTranscatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive technique that can replace a diseased aortic valve in select patients without open heart surgery. TAVR:
- Repairs a valve through a catheter without removing the old valve
- Is an alternative to standard valve replacement surgery - no open heart procedure required
- Generally results in faster recovery and shorter hospital stays
- Is associated with less pain and faster return to physical activity than surgery
- Has been associated with risks of death and stroke that are equal to or lower than surgical valve replacement
French Hospital Medical Center was the first hospital along the Central Coast, south of Stanford and north of UCLA, to perform the innovative cardiac TAVR procedure. In this first of its kind procedure on the Central Coast, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and non-invasive imaging cardiologists work together as a team to perform the TAVR procedures. The TAVR "heart team" at French Hospital was formed and has been working together on TAVR patient selection and implantation more than four years. These professionals have received extensive training and individually have decades of experience in treating heart disease. The French Hospital TAVR program offers the latest generation of the TAVR heart valve that has been implanted in more than 150,000 patients worldwide.
Prior to the FDA's approval of TAVR in 2011, patients with narrowed aortic valves who were considered to be high risk for surgery had limited options and faced a very poor prognosis.
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To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at (805) 542-6623. Patient packages on TAVR are available upon request.