Features May 2018 Issue

Fewer Aortic Valve Replacements Require Open-Heart Surgery

In TAVR, a catheter tipped with a folded valve is positioned inside the patientís damaged aortic valve.

Fewer Aortic Valve Replacements Require Open-Heart Surgery

Today, most are done in a catheter-based procedure.

TAVR, which stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, is a way of inserting a prosthetic valve inside a patientís natural valve through a catheter. Since its debut in 2006, TAVR has proven comparable to, or better than, surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in some of the toughest patients. As a result, this less-invasive technique has become the first choice for replacing aortic valves in many patients.

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