Memorial Hospital is one of a small number of hospitals in Northeast Florida that offers the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). This procedure can help patients with severe aortic stenosis feel better and live longer.
TAVR is a procedure that allows Heart Teams to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. This procedure enables the placement of a balloon expandable heart valve into the body with a tube-based delivery system (catheter), which allows the valve to be inserted through a small cut in the thigh into an artery.
How can I find out if I’m eligible for TAVR?
If a cardiac surgeon determines you are too sick for open-heart surgery and if medicine is not helping you feel better, TAVR might be an alternative. A heart team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether this procedure is an appropriate therapeutic option. In certain cases, TAVR may not be an option because of co-existing medical conditions or disease processes that would prevent you from experiencing the expected treatment benefit or because the risks outweigh the benefits. For those who are candidates for TAVR, this therapy may provide relief from the often debilitating symptoms associated with severe symptomatic native aortic valve stenosis.
To learn if you are a candidate, please call the Memorial Hospital Valve Clinic at (904) 306-8800.