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Interventional Cardiology

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive interventional cardiology procedure available at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. It repairs the valve without open heart surgery to help people who have aortic stenosis feel better and live longer.

Why is a TAVR Done?

TAVR is done to treat narrowing (stenosis) of the aortic valve. This is the valve between your heart and the blood vessel (the aorta) that carries blood to your body. TAVR may also be done to replace an artificial aortic valve.

This procedure might be done for a person who can't have surgery or who has a high risk of serious problems from surgery. For example, it might be an option if you are not healthy enough for open-heart surgery.

How Does TAVR Work?

Also referred to as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), TAVR is often done through an incision (cut) in the groin. But sometimes a small cut is made in the chest. The doctor uses a tube called a catheter to move the new valve into the damaged aortic valve. The artificial valve expands and takes the place of the damaged valve.

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Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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