At Carilion Clinic we’re honored to be among the first hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in western Virginia able to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis (hardening of the aortic valve) with an effective, potentially life-saving new therapy, Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI). Sometimes called Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), this is a ground-breaking treatment for patients with aortic valves that do not open properly, a condition that is known as severe aortic stenosis.
TAVI is a minimally invasive, first-of-its-kind, artificial heart valve replacement procedure. It requires no major surgery, making it a treatment option for many patients who are not candidates for traditional open heart surgery or for whom surgery would be especially risky. For the thousands of Americans diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis each year who are unable to have traditional valve replacement surgery, TAVI has the potential to not only improve the quality of life but to extend it.
Performed in our hybrid operating room, TAVI treatment essentially replaces a defective heart valve with an artificial one. It requires no incision because the valve is sent to the heart via a catheter, inserted through an artery in the groin. This minimally invasive procedure is similar to balloon angioplasty and stent placement treatments.
For more information on TAVI or to see if you are a candidate, please call the Carilion Heart Valve Center: 540-266-6520