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What Is TAVR?

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TAVR stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. It’s a catheter-based procedure to place a new aortic valve without removing the diseased valve. It treats a type of heart valve disease called aortic stenosis (narrowing). Another name for the procedure is TAVI, for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

TAVR is an emerging technology. Researchers are still studying the longevity of this type of replacement valve.

You may have other treatment options depending on your condition. Consider getting a second opinion before deciding on the procedure.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jul 17, 2016

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Medical References

  1. Decision Memo for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) (CAG-00430N). Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=257
  2. Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) - P100041. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/Recently...
  3. Severe Aortic Stenosis and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. University of Pennsylvania. http://www.pennmedicine.org/heart/patient/clinical-services/heart-valve-disease/tavr-faq.html
  4. Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Cardiothoracic Surgery Network. http://www.ctsnet.org/portals/endovascular/procedures101/article05.html
  5. What Is TAVR? American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/What-is-TAVR_UCM_450827_A...

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