Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is an innovative procedure performed at Heart Center of Nevada by Nayab Zafar, M.D., FACC. Dr. Zafar’s expanded training and expertise in this field has made it possible for patients who could not, or do not wish to, undergo open heart surgery receive much needed treatment.
TAVR is a new approach to the treatment of severe aortic stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve becomes narrowed, blocking the outflow of blood from the heart and thereby requiring the heart to work harder to pump blood to the whole body. As the disease progresses, some symptoms the patient may experience include fatigue and shortness of breath. This procedure can also be used on patients who are considered high risk for surgery due to advanced age or other serious illness.
Instead of a very invasive procedure like the standard open heart surgery, a balloon catheter is placed through the groin with a local anesthesia and guided into the heart. A compressed heart valve is then placed in the catheter and positioned directly inside the diseased aortic valve. Once in position, the balloon is inflated to secure the new valve in place.
TAVR implantation has some rare but serious risks that you should know about and discuss with your cardiologist before deciding on this procedure. It is not right for all patients. In certain cases, the risks of the may outweigh the benefits.
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