TAVR, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, gives new hope to people suffering from severe aortic stenosis. If you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and have a high risk for open heart surgery, this procedure may be able to treat you without surgery.
The benefits of TAVR may include faster recovery times, minimal scarring, shortened hospital stays, less pain and anxiety--and in the best case scenario, it helps your heart work better. There are risks associated with TAVR, including a 1% chance of death, 1.1% risk of a major stroke and a 5% risk of major bleeding.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association say that once a person is diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, getting timely treatment is crucial. Not all physicians can perform TAVR, so be sure to only choose a doctor from an approved TAVR hospital. Medtronic provides a TAVR Physician Finder that will help you find the appropriate provider.
What is severe aortic valve stenosis (SAS)? SAS is a heart valve problem found mostly in older adults and is the result of a build-up of calcium on the valve. The aortic valve becomes stiff, which narrows the aortic valve opening. This means that the valve isn't fully opening or closing as it should.
There are a number of signs or symptoms that may indicate that you have a heart valve problem, they include feeling very tired all the time, shortness of breath or trouble breathing or feeling lightheaded or dizzy.