Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery.
Saint Francis’ Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for those patients – transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that involves threading a catheter through the groin into the chambers of the heart and repairing the valve without removing the damaged one.
“During valve replacement surgery, the surgeon has to cut open the chest,” says Steven Joggerst, MD, interventional cardiologist at Saint Francis. “He or she needs to stop the heart during the procedure, and that could be dangerous for people with severe heart disease, poor lung function, chronic kidney disease or advanced age.”
“Previously, there was no other option for these patients,” Joggerst continues. “Now, the TAVR procedure has become an excellent option.”
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