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5 Differences Between TAVR and Surgery for Aortic Stenosis

Treating Aortic Stenosis: Know Your Options

One of the most common forms of heart valve disease is called aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve opening caused by scarring and calcium build up over time. Aortic stenosis restricts the amount of blood exiting the heart and can result in serious medical consequences, such as a heart attack. The only way to treat aortic stenosis is to replace the valve, and there are two main replacement techniques performed: SAVR (surgical aortic valve replacement), which uses open-heart surgery, and TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), where the surgeon uses an artery to carry the new valve to the heart. There are many differences between the two procedures, and your doctor will consider these when deciding which is best for you.

THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.

Dharam Kumbhani, MD

Dharam Kumbhani, MD, is an interventional cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he is part of the TAVR team. Dr. Kumbhani wrote the standardized guidelines for this procedure for the American College of Cardiology. View his Healthgrades profile >

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