The Advanced Heart Health Center at Prisma Health Heart Hospital offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new, much less invasive alternative to open heart surgery for those suffering from aortic stenosis.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure. Learn about TAVR and how it’s changed the lives of two of our patients.
We utilize the most advanced options for transcatheter valve replacement:
While open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve is the gold standard treatment, patients who are considered intermediate or high-risk for open-heart surgery may be TAVR candidates.
In elderly patients, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is often caused by the build-up of calcium (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets. As a result, the narrowed valve allows less oxygen-rich blood to flow to the rest of the body, causing symptoms like severe shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.
TAVR allows our heart team to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without the need for open heart surgery. The procedure places a new heart valve into the body through a tube-based delivery system called a catheter, while the heart is still beating.
TAVR therapy is capable of providing relief from the often debilitating symptoms associated with severe aortic stenosis. If you suffer from this condition, our heart team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether TAVR is an appropriate option for you.
To learn more or make an appointment, contact our valve team:
6 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 2100
Columbia, SC 29203
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September 09, 2019