TAVR treatment in Bradenton, Florida
At Blake Medical Center, we are proud to have surgeons on staff who were on the forefront of performing the innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. The TAVR procedure offers patients with severe aortic stenosis, who previously would not have been candidates for surgery, an option for percutaneous aortic valve replacement. These procedures take place in a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, which combines our catheterization laboratory and open-heart surgical suite, custom built to provide the optimal environment for success.
To learn more about the TAVR procedure, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 359-3552.
TAVR is just one of many complex procedures performed as part of the cardiac services at Blake Medical Center. The surgeons at our hospital provide a range of valve replacement and repair options through our heart and vascular surgery program.
Alternative option to open-heart surgery
Although open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery is the gold standard treatment for severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis, there are patients who are not candidates for it. They may be disqualified for open-chest surgery based on many factors, such as age, history of heart disease, frailty or other health issues. For these patients, TAVR may be an option.
What TAVR is
TAVR is a procedure that allows a specially trained team to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. They do this by using a balloon-expandable heart valve placed into the heart through a catheter. A catheter is a small tube, which goes into an artery through a small cut, in this case, in the thigh.
Candidates for TAVR
The TAVR team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether this procedure is an appropriate option. For patients who are candidates for TAVR, this therapy may provide relief from the often debilitating symptoms associated with severe aortic valve stenosis.
In certain cases, TAVR may not be an option because of co-existing medical conditions or other factors.
What is aortic stenosis?
In elderly patients, severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis is often caused by the build-up of calcium (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets (flaps of tissue that open and close to regulate the one-way flow of blood through the aortic valve). This build-up impairs the aortic valve’s ability to fully open and close. As a result, the narrowed valve allows less oxygen-rich blood to flow from the lungs to the brain and rest of the body, which may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.
The first figure above depicts a healthy aortic heart valve with a wide opening. The second figure depicts a stenotic aortic valve that is unable to open wide.
TAVR is a significant and complex procedure involving general anesthesia. As with all cardiovascular procedures, the risks and benefits are carefully assessed by the TAVR team and cardiovascular physicians. All possibilities will be discussed with the patient so they can make an informed decision about the treatment plan.