The new minimally-invasive procedure is only offered at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System and adds important years to patients’ lives that might not have any other options to repair congestive heart disease.
It’s called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TAVR for short. To date, transcatheter valves have been implanted in more than 70,000 patients worldwide.
The procedure is best-suited for those patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional heart-valve replacement procedures. The TAVR procedure forgoes opening the chest to access the heart, an operation which can cause complications for patients such as seniors who are already weakened, or those with other underlying health conditions.
During the procedure, doctors run a tiny artificial heart valve through a vein in the groin, up into the aortic chambers of the patient’s heart. The new valve is put in place and begins and recovery time for patients is far less than traditional open-heart procedures.
For more information, call the CHRISTUS Structure Heart Center at 318-68-1674.