"Aortic valve stenosis"  is a heart condition in which the main heart valve thickens, making the heart work harder. This can increase the risk of several heart problems. Symptoms include, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats and chest pain.
The condition can be successfully treated with surgery, but sometimes, patients are too sick, and surgery is too risky.
These patients may be candidates for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) , a procedure performed by a Cardiologist who places the new valve into the heart with a tube that travels through the patient's artery. Carilion Clinic will begin performing the procedure this spring.
Listen to Carilion Interventional Cardiologist Timothy Ball, M.D. , speaking with Jean Jadhon on WDBJ.