Carilion is the first and 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 replacement (TAVR). Also called trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), this is a ground-breaking treatment for patients with aortic valves that do not open properly, also known as severe aortic stenosis.
TAVR is a minimally invasive, 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. TAVR replaces a severely calcified heart valve with an artificial one. The valve is sent to the heart via a catheter, no incision necessary.
Procedure has potential to not only improve quality of life, but can extend it
Minimally invasive, first-of-its kind procedure
Three approaches of TAVR treatments, customized based on your needs