Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Bob Reed, TAVR Patient and SBCH Volunteer
Are You a Candidate for TAVR?
For more information on TAVR, or to refer a patient, call our heart and vascular care center at 805-324-9012.
When your heart needs advanced medical care, the experience of the Cottage Heart and Vascular Center’s top cardiologists, surgeons and vascular specialists are here for you. We are proud to be the first facility in our area to offer patients TAVR, an alternative to open-heart surgery.
Severe Aortic Stenosis (AS)
Your native valve is the valve you were born with. AS occurs when your aortic valve does not open as it should. This makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your body. This affects your health and limits your normal daily activities.
Severe AS may be caused by the following:
- Calcium buildup that narrows the aortic valve
- Radiation therapy
- Infection of the heart
Left untreated, severe AS can lead to heart failure or even sudden death.
What Is TAVR?
TAVR is the first non-surgical replacement of the aortic valve in your heart. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for appropriate patients with aortic valve stenosis who are not candidates for open surgery to replace their natural aortic valve.
In the past, the only way to replace this valve was through open-heart surgery. What differentiates TAVR from open-heart surgery is that a team of specialists places a collapsible aortic heart valve into the body via a catheter that is inserted through the leg, and threaded up to the heart. This breakthrough technology means a surgical incision through the chest is not needed.