Aortic Stenosis and TAVR
The UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). This procedure is for patients that are high risk or too sick for open-heart surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR is a less invasive procedure that does not require open-heart surgery. This procedure involves a multi-disciplinary team of physicians from UnityPoint Health Cardiology Clinic and Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Surgical Specialists.
The TAVR procedure offers hope for heart patients with inoperable aortic stenosis (failing heart valves), that are not candidates for surgical valve replacement. TAVR valves are inserted via a catheter through the femoral artery, without requiring open-heart surgery. This minimally invasive surgical procedure repairs the damaged valve by placing a replacement valve into the aortic valve. Somewhat similar to a stent placed in an artery; this approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter. Left untreated, aortic valve stenosis can lead to serious heart problems.