Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
More than 1 million American have aortic stenosis—a narrowing in the large blood vessel of the heart called the aorta. Some people with aortic stenosis do not have serious symptoms and their conditions can be monitored without the need for intervention. However, when you start feeling symptoms of aortic stenosis, it is important to receive care from experienced cardiologists to treat your condition.
Symptoms of aortic stenosis include:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Swelling in the foot or ankle
Treating aortic stenosis with TAVR
At Denver Heart, we provide advanced treatment for patients with aortic stenosis. Our team is skilled in providing a minimally invasive treatment called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). During this procedure, our interventional cardiologist inserts a catheter (thin tube) through a small incision. The tube is then guided to the damaged aortic valve where a new valve is placed. The new valve allows blood to flow freely, which relieves symptoms and allows the patient to return to prior levels of activity.
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it protects the body from the trauma experienced during a traditional surgery. This technique allows us to treat people who may not be strong enough to undergo surgery. But it also has benefits for healthier people. It reduces pain and complications, shortens hospital stay, speeds up recovery time and minimizes scarring.
To make an appointment and learn more about TAVR at Denver Heart, call us at (303) 331-9121.