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What is TAVR?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive, cardiac surgical procedure used to treat severe aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the aortic valve. Approximately 250,000 Americans currently suffer from this condition, which can have debilitating symptoms that affect your normal day-to-day activities.

Why it's done

TAVR has shown to significantly improve survival and quality of life when compared to medical therapies and can serve as a successful alternative to traditional cardiac surgery.

Who it's for

Traditionally, open-heart surgery has been the most common treatment for severe aortic stenosis. However, if you have severe aortic stenosis and have other complicated medical conditions that make it too risky to perform open-heart surgery, TAVR may be recommended. Patients who previously had little or no treatment options are now being considered for this minimally invasive procedure.

Our approach

Northwell Health was one of the first health systems in the region to offer the TAVR heart valve procedure. Similar to a technique used to implant cardiac stents into clogged arteries, TAVR involves a physician guiding a catheter through an artery to your heart with an artificial valve attached. Using state-of-the-art imaging, the valve is checked for proper placement. The valve expands and is anchored inside the aorta and blood flow is restored.

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