The aortic valve controls the flow of blood out of the heart. When it begins to fail, an aortic valve replacement is often the best option to solve the problem. While doctors typically recommend open-heart surgery, some patients are too fragile to be able to withstand such a procedure.
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that is safer for high-risk patients. “We are able to approach the valve either above the sternum or through the femoral arteries in the groin,” says Steven Joggerst, MD, interventional cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “The new valve is mounted on a stent. We can push aside the old valve and replace it with the new one.”
“We can avoid stopping the heart and put less stress on the patient overall,” Joggerst continues.
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