THE INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION OF AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT (TAVR)
Each year, more than 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in both men and women. One type of heart disease, aortic valve stenosis, is the most common valvular heart disease.
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Aortic Stenosis is a build-up of calcium deposits on the valve, which causes it to narrow and reduce blood flow to the rest of your body.
What are the Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis?
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty walking short distances
• Lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting
• Swollen ankles and feet
• Rapid heartbeat
• Chest pain
There may be no outward symptoms. These could also be symptoms of heart failure. If you haven of these symptoms and have been diagnosed with heart failure, ask your doctor to also test for aortic stenosis.
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What are Your options for treating severe Aortic Stenosis?
Treatment for aortic stenosis depends on how far your disease has progressed. If your stenosis is mild, medication may be prescribed to help regulate your heartbeat and prevent blood clot.
However, if the severity of your stenosis progresses, your doctor and specialized Heart Team may recommend replacing your diseased aortic valve. Sever aortic stenosis cannot be treated with medication.
There are two options to replace diseased aortic valves:
• Open heart surgery, or
• Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
TAVR may be a better alternatives for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and are at intermediate or greater risk for surgery. TAVR is a less-invasive procedure than open heart surgery. This procedure uses a catheter to implant a new valve within your diseased aortic valve. TAVR can be performed through a multiple of approaches; however, the most common approach is the transfemoral approach (through a small incision in the leg). This is the approach that the Eisenhower Heart Team uses.
TAVR Device (Edwards Sapien 3):
For more information about the TAVR procedure, go to www.NewHeartValve.com and view video below: