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TAVR: A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Aortic Stenosis

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure for patients diagnosed with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis.  In a TAVR procedure, a physician team inserts a new aortic valve, typically through the groin without an incision in the chest.  Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the existing valve leaflets out of the way and the new leaflets take over the job of regulating blood flow.

TAVR allows for a quick recovery and has been shown to improve patients' quality of life by relieving symptoms caused by aortic stenosis.

 

 

The Piedmont TAVR Advantage:

  • We are a leading high-volume TAVR center with an experienced, multidisciplinary heart team.
  • Our patients have outstanding outcomes, including a lower rate of mortality and stroke compared to the national average and a median two-day stay in the hospital.
  • We maximize patient recovery by using conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia during the TAVR procedure (see a patient story).
  • Access to clinical research trials means we are able to tailor treatments for our patients using the newest technologies.
  • Piedmont is one of only two hospitals in Georgia currently enrolling in a clinical research trial treating low risk patients with TAVR. 



In August 2019 the FDA approved TAVR for lower surgical risk patients. Our heart team explains the impact in the video below.


Above: Dr. Christopher Meduri, interventional cardiologist, answers frequently asked questions about TAVR. Learn more about aortic stenosis, the TAVR procedure, and what to expect during your evaluation at Piedmont. 

 

Below: Learn how to prepare for your TAVR procedure; and what to expect after. 

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