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TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace the aortic valve in patients who have severe aortic valve stenosis. TAVR may be an option for any patient with severe aortic valve stenosis or patients with previously implanted bioprosthetic valves that are no longer functioning well.
Once referred, patients will be evaluated and their case will be reviewed by the TAVR multidisciplinary team, which will determine the best method of treatment. The TAVR procedure is done by a catheter with access through the groin; the doctor will replace the aortic valve that is not functioning properly with a new valve to improve the patient’s quality of life. Typically, the patient experiences less pain or discomfort through this procedure, as well as quicker recovery as opposed to the traditional open heart approach.
When the aortic valve becomes stenotic, the three leaflets become thickened, resulting in the leaflets having difficulty opening and closing. Once the leaflets become thickened, the heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body, which affects a person’s health and regular activities.
Patients with severe aortic valve stenosis typically have fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness and/or chest discomfort.
Causes of severe aortic stenosis are age, calcium buildup, radiation therapy, heart infection and a failing aortic surgical valve.
Because every patient is different, the benefits after a TAVR procedure may occur immediately or take time, but a patient’s quality of life may be improved. In particular, patients who have had the TAVR procedure often report:
To refer a patient, please contact Maggie Severson, TAVR program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 861-7218, or within EPIC under “Ambulatory Referral to Valve Clinic.”
Mercy and MercyCare providers, please submit your referral through EPIC under “Ambulatory Referral to Valve Clinic.”
If you are a non-Mercy Provider, please email Maggie Severson, TAVR program coordinator, at email@example.com, and include the patient's name, DOB, contact information, and the referring provider's name and phone number.