Saturday, June 22, 2013

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Mr. H. (at age 92) is planning to have a TAVR procedure performed for critical (and very symptomatic) aortic valve stenosis.

The attached 2-minute video reviews how the procedure is performed:

It’s a procedure performed for patients who are not necessarily a candidate for an open aortic valve replacement due to age, frailty and underlying medical problems/co-morbidities.

As with many other procedures that are being performed on our elderly population (left ventricular assist devices, ICD’s, etc), the TAVR procedure is not without controversy. Below is one blog site that comments on the same:

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