Heart valve specialists at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute are nationally recognized for their expertise in performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We perform a large number of TAVR procedures every year.
Open-heart surgery is the standard approach to replacing a diseased heart valve. Some people with heart valve disease have other health issues that make open heart surgery too risky. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure, which can be done through the femoral artery in the leg (transfemoral), or small incision in the chest (transapical), helping patients with heart disease and high risk. With the trans femoral approach, your physician:
Your physician will assess your personal situation to determine if TAVR is right for you. Benefits of TAVR include:
All AHN hospitals provide heart valve disease care and treatments. If desired, you may receive TAVR care at the AHN Heart Valve Clinic located within the AHN Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital and the AHN Cardiovascular Institute at Saint Vincent Hospital.