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Published on December 28, 2017

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Alternative to Open Heart Surgery for Some Patients

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There is a new, life-saving treatment at Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care for patients who need a new aortic heart valve, but cannot undergo open-heart surgery.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is a technique in which a cardiologist replaces a defective or diseased aortic heart valve by threading a new valve into place through a blood vessel, instead of with open-heart surgery.

Because of other medical conditions, some patients cannot undergo traditional surgery to replace the defective heart valve affected by aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve which restricts blood flow to the body. Over
time, as their blood flow continues to decrease, they might feel faint or lethargic or experience heart failure.

The TAVR procedure, begun at Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care this spring, offers new hope for those high-risk patients. A TAVR procedure typically can be completed in less than two hours, with patients feeling immediate improvement. Patients can be up and about on the same day and discharged from the Hospital in two or three days.

Dr. Patrick Magnus of Cardiac Associates said, at this point, the technique is not designed for all patients, only those for whom traditional surgery is too high of a risk. For younger patients, or those who are otherwise healthy, traditional, open-heart surgery still is recommended.