Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces the narrowed aortic valve when it fails to properly open. Aortic valve stenosis, also known as aortic stenosis, happens when the heart’s aortic valve becomes narrows. The narrowing of this prevents the valve from fully opening, obstructing the blood flow from the heart into the aorta and to the rest of the body.
TAVR is an option for patients who are considered at intermediate or high risk of complications from surgical aortic valve replacement. TAVR may also be indicated in certain people who can’t undergo open-heart surgery. The decision to treat aortic stenosis with TAVR is made after consultation with a multidisciplinary group of medical and surgical heart specialists who together determine the best treatment option for each individual.
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