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If you have severe aortic stenosis that isn’t controlled with medications and traditional surgery isn’t safe for you, you may be a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Essentia offers this advanced minimally invasive procedure at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.
Aortic stenosis is a common heart valve disease. It creates a narrowing of the valve in the large blood vessel branching off of the heart. This narrowing keeps the valve from opening fully, reducing blood flow to the body and making the heart work harder. The heart may weaken, causing chest pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, surgery can repair or replace the valve.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an advanced minimally invasive procedure used to treat severe aortic stenosis. During a TAVR procedure, a tiny uninflated balloon is placed in an artery near your groin. The balloon is threaded up to your heart on a guide wire through a thin flexible tube called a catheter. Once the balloon reaches your heart it is inflated to widen your narrowed aortic valve. This makes space for a new artificial valve to be placed inside your heart.
Drs. Schultz and Bishu perform the TAVR procedure in tandem.
TAVR treatment may help you live longer and lessen your symptoms more than medication alone. The TAVR procedure has less risks of complications than traditional valve replacement surgeries.
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.