St. John’s Regional Medical Center is now home to the TAVR program and the most experienced team in the Ventura County. 

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement 

Transcatheter 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

This breakthrough heart procedure allows heart specialists to place a new aortic valve in the beating heart through a small tube, or catheter, usually placed in a groin artery rather than with open heart surgery. The catheter enables delivery of a collapsible replacement valve to the site of the narrowed valve. Once the new valve has been expanded, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the new valve takes over regulating blood flow. Traditional surgical valve replacement requires surgically exposing and stopping the patient’s heart through an open chest operation. The TAVR procedure offers improvement in patient health and symptoms and can extend the lives of patients with severe aortic stenosis who are either inoperable or at high risk for surgery.  

St. John’s Hospitals’ multidisciplinary cardiac team consisting of Surgeons, Cardiologist, Anesthesiologists, Radiologists and Nurses, have received extensive training, which allows them to tailor patient’s treatment plan to meet their specific needs. 

Prior to TAVR, patients with narrowed aortic valves, who were considered to be high risk for surgery had limited options and faced a very poor prognosis with long commutes to seek aid; however, now there is no need to travel miles for this life-saving procedure, when world-class care is here, close to home. 

Watch Our Informational Weekly Checkup Segment on TAVR


Learn More About Our TAVR Procedure 

To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call the TAVR coordinator, Lorraine Herrick, RN at (805) 216-0502