Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

For patients who do not qualify for open-heart surgery, we are one of a select group of hospitals in the nation providing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This procedure eliminates the need to open the chest and stop the heart by using an incision in the groin to replace the aortic valve.

What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

How does TAVR work?

Who qualifies for TAVR?

Currently, TAVR is only available to patients who need aortic valve replacements but have been deemed "inoperable" and cannot undergo traditional open-chest surgery. This may be due to age, history of heart disease, frailty or other health issues. Patients have less bleeding and shorter recovery times because this procedure is less invasive.

Why do I need aortic valve replacement?

Without intervention, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is life threatening. Patients who do not receive an aortic valve replacement (AVR) have no effective, long- term treatment option to prevent or delay their disease progression. Studies indicate that 50 percent of patients will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms without intervention.

What is aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis is a condition that occurs when the aortic valve in the heart becomes extremely narrow. It typically occurs in elderly patients due to calcium buildup on the heart valve leaflets over time.

Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Patients with severe aortic stenosis may experience

  • Severe shortness of breath leading to gasping – even at rest
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Fainting
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat

If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care physician.

TAVR Referrals & Information

To learn more about TAVR, please call Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare at 850-431-7397. If you are a patient who would like to be considered for the procedure, please request a referral from your primary care physician.

Physician referral form