Treating Aortic Stenosis with TAVR

Baptist Health Floyd: Treating Aortic Stenosis with TAVR

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure for aortic stenosis is minimally invasive and has a quick recovery time. Learn more about TAVR.

TAVR Procedure in New Albany, IN, HealthTalks Transcript

Harleen Chahil, MD:
The aortic valve is like a door between the left ventricle, which is the big chamber of your heart, and the aorta. It’s basically the door between the blood flowing to the rest of your body. Sometimes patients get aortic stenosis, which is thickening and calcification of the valve that makes that valve tight. The blood is not able to go out to the rest of the body. TAVR is transcatheter aortic valve replacement, where we use a catheter to deliver the valve through the femoral artery in a minimally invasive approach, and replace the tight valve with a new valve.

Patients have a quicker recovery time with transcatheter procedures. We still like them to go through cardiac rehab, but they’re able to get up on their feet and going much more quickly since it is minimally invasive. It’s really exciting that this is being offered at Floyd, because previously patients would have to go to Louisville or Indianapolis to benefit from these procedures, which can be very difficult. It’s really exciting that we’re able to offer this procedure locally. It’s very convenient to patients and their recovery — and to their families. I’m excited to bring this option to patients because it’s a very gratifying procedure. It’s satisfying to see patients afterward and see the impact on their quality of life.

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