Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

TAVR Overview

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive cardiac surgical procedure performed on high-risk patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis. Approximately 250,000 Americans suffer from severe aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve. People with severe aortic stenosis can develop debilitating symptoms that affect normal day-to-day activities.

Traditionally, open-heart surgery has been the most common treatment of severe aortic stenosis. However, patients with severe aortic stenosis are often elderly and have other complicated medical conditions that make it too risky to perform open-heart surgery. These patients, who previously had little or no treatment options, are now being considered for minimally invasive valve replacement at Northwell Health.

Northwell 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, the TAVR procedure involves a physician guiding a catheter through an artery to the 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.

The TAVR procedure, also known as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) 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.

Why choose us? 

Northwell Health is a leader in the treatment of aortic valve disease, offering patients advanced aortic valve procedures that may not be available at other hospitals. Currently, Northwell offers patients two options for transcatheter aortic valve replacement and the selection depends on the needs of the patient.

When your doctor tells you that you need a cardiac procedure, choosing an experienced cardiac hospital is important. Northwell performs over 23,000 cardiac catheterization procedures and more than 8,000 interventions annually. We are strongly committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care and we are proud that our experienced cardiac program has been consistently recognized by the New York State Department of Health.