Putting the Patient First
Our team makes the evaluation process convenient, seamless and efficient by doing the work for you. All the specialists involved in your case coordinate your care and promptly communicate results with your referring physician. Our Heart Team partners with you to collect and review your complete medical records and imaging studies to determine if any additional tests or consults are needed. Our goal is to help you:
- Evaluate and diagnose your valve condition
- Determine if a heart valve is reparable or needs replacement
- Determine the optimal procedure and time to repair or replace a valve
Benefits of the Heart Valve Program
Our Valve Program was created with you in mind. Our exclusive team of experts, the Heart Team, works in concert to accurately diagnose both common and more complex heart conditions. They partner with you, the patient, to help you understand and manage your condition. And when it comes to finding the ideal treatment, you’re in the right place.
The Program provides the best the region has to offer with a wealth of leading-edge treatment options for heart valve disease — the newest medications, minimally invasive valve repair techniques, and a full spectrum of classical surgical solutions for valve repair and replacement procedures. All right here in your own backyard.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
We are one of a select group of hospitals across the country to offer a promising new procedure — transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). If you are too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery, or have previously been considered inoperable, TAVR may be an option.
TAVR is an aortic valve replacement procedure where a new aortic valve is placed in the heart using a catheter — going through an incision in the leg — and does not require open-heart surgery. Please talk to your Renown cardiologist about whether TAVR is right for you.
What is TAVR?
TAVR is an alternative to open-heart surgery for patients who are considered high-risk or inoperable. With TAVR, the valve is placed using a catheter while the heart continues to beat and doesn’t require stopping the patient’s heart or hooking them up to a heart-lung machine. The average time required to perform TAVR is one to two hours versus four hours for open-heart surgery.
Recovery time is also faster. Trials of this less invasive procedure have shown impressive results – with TAVR patients feeling better one month after surgery compared to open-heart surgery patients. With TAVR, patients are hospitalized for three to five days versus open-heart surgery where patients are hospitalized five to 10 days and can face up to four weeks of recovery at home.