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TAVR Surgery Saved My Life

I retired at 70 years old and lived a healthy lifestyle. Every other day, I’d exercise with weights, and every day, I’d walk around my neighborhood for several miles, up and down the many hills. At first, it was difficult, but eventually I reached a point where I could walk up those hills without too […]

Chest Pain Could Be Aortic Valve Disease

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As some people age, the leaflets of the aortic valve become caked with calcium, making them thick and stiff—a condition called aortic stenosis. Because the valves do not open or close normally, blood flow through the heart is impaired. The condition generally causes no symptoms for many years, but a doctor may discover it during […]

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Recovery After TAVR: What to Expect

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An Easier Recovery Than Open Heart Surgery Unlike traditional valve replacement surgery, TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) does not involve a large surgical incision through the breastbone. Recovery from catheter-based heart procedures is much different than from open heart surgery. Read on to learn some tips about recovery after TAVR. Set Realistic Recovery Goals Your […]

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What is TAVR ?

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TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a catheter-based procedure to treat severe aortic stenosis (narrowing). It’s also called TAVI, for transcatheter aortic valve implantation). It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a new aortic valve without removing the diseased valve. Your doctor may recommend a TAVR if you […]

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8 Things to Know About Aortic Stenosis

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A Narrowing of the Aortic Valve : With aortic stenosis, the aortic valve becomes narrow. This decreases the amount of blood that can flow to your body. Here are eight things you should know about this serious heart condition. 1. What Happens in Aortic Stenosis The aortic valve is a one-way valve with three flaps, […]

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Monitoring the Progression of Aortic Stenosis

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Aortic stenosis is a disease that progresses—it gets worse over time. To protect your health, you need to monitor your condition on a regular basis especially if you have severe aortic stenosis. as this disease progresses, you may need life-saving surgery—aortic valve replacement. Of the 1.5 million people in the United States have aortic stenosis, […]

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

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Procedure overview Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), also referred to as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is a surgical operation that replaces your diseased aortic valve with a man-made valve. Your aortic valve controls blood flow from your heart to your body. If your valve becomes stiff, a condition called aortic stenosis, your heart may […]

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Aortic Valve Disease: Surgical or Transcatheter Replacement?

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Some 1.5 million Americans, most ages 75 or older, have aortic valve stenosis: a stiffening of the valve that must open to let blood surge from the heart to the body. As the valve degenerates, blood flow slows. Daily activities become difficult or impossible. Symptoms include fainting and chest pain. Unless the valve is replaced, […]

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Breakthrough in Aortic Valve Treatment

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Transcatheter procedure eliminates surgery for some. Cardiologists are increasingly enthusiastic about a new technique for replacing failing aortic valves without open-heart surgery. As discussed in the February 2012 Harvard Heart Letter, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) lets a new valve be delivered to the heart through a catheter inserted in an artery in the groin. […]

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Living With Aortic Stenosis

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In aortic stenosis, your aortic heart valve does not let enough blood flow out of your heart to the aorta, the main artery that carries blood to your body. This deprives your body of needed oxygen. Over time, you can feel tired more easily, short of breath, or weak or faint—all symptoms that can affect […]

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