Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The Rochester Regional Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) center. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valve opening) and are considered either high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery.

Are you a candidate for TAVR?

Several factors are considered when deciding whether you're a candidate for TAVR, including:
  • Age
  • Current health status
  • Medical history
  • Your frailty
  • Condition of your heart

How it works

The Rochester Regional heart team reviews various tests, such as a chest x-ray, echocardiogram, angiogram, etc., to determine the best TAVR approach for you. Then, a catheter is inserted into an incision in either the leg, between the ribs or in the chest and a new valve is inserted within the diseased aortic valve. The inserted valve is crimped onto a balloon and is expanded to push the leaflets of your diseased valve aside.