Aortic Stenosis occurs when the aortic valve begins to narrow, reducing blood flow from your heart to the rest of your body, causing symptoms and weakening your heart muscle. Some symptoms of aortic stenosis include heart murmurs, chest pain, feeling faint or dizzy, shortness of breath and fatigue. In some cases, aortic valve replacement surgery is necessary, but upon consultation your doctor may be able to perform a less-invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people with aortic stenosis who are not candidates for open-heart valve replacement surgery.
Benefits of TAVR:
- Minimally invasive catheter-based valve replacement
- Quick recovery-average length of stay is 1 – 3 days
- Faster recovery with less pain