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:
- 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.