Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

A Minimally Invasive Procedure for Aortic Stenosis

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic stenosis, a narrowing or thickening of the aortic valve, by inserting a new valve in the diseased aortic valve. TAVR is an alternative to open-heart aortic valve surgery. It can increase blood flow to the heart and improve symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Duke cardiologists and heart surgeons perform TAVR procedures in people with severe aortic stenosis, including those who have been told they are at high risk or not candidates for traditional aortic valve replacement surgery.