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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Surgery

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Surgery

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (or TAVR) surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to help patients with narrowing of the aortic heart valve or severe symptomatic native aortic valve stenosis (AS). This procedure can provide a new option for elderly or high-risk patients who cannot tolerate open-heart surgery.

Why choose Presbyterian for a TAVR?

Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care is one of a select group of medical centers across the country—and one of the first sites in New Mexico—to offer this innovative procedure to patients who qualify. Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care was selected to perform this new surgery due to Presbyterian Hospital's advanced facilities, our surgeons' vast experience in performing aortic valve replacement, and our multidisciplinary 'heart team' approach, which is required to select appropriate patients for this specialized procedure.

Who is eligible for a TAVR?

Patients who have aortic valve stenosis (or narrowing of the aortic valve) or severe symptomatic native aortic stenosis (AS) and who are at risk for traditional open-heart surgery may be a candidate for this surgery. However, this new treatment is not suitable for everyone. To determine whether TAVR is an appropriate therapeutic option, prospective patients must undergo an extensive series of screenings and evaluations, including: Chest X-ray, CT scan, EKG, echocardiogram, and a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE).

What conditions are treated with a TAVR procedure?

  • Aortic valve disease

  • Severe native aortic valve stenosis (AS)