Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis). In this procedure, doctors insert a catheter in your leg or chest and guide it to your heart.
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WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

A transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR) is less invasive than open heart surgery. The entire procedure typically takes approximately 1–2 hours. Your heart team will determine whether you should have a mild sedative or general anesthesia.

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TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT RISKS

Most medical procedures have risks. The most serious transcatheter aortic valve replacement risks include:

  • Death

  • Stroke

  • Serious damage to the arteries

  • Serious bleeding

  • Need for a new permanent pacemaker

The Medtronic TAVR valve should NOT be used for patients who:

  • Have an infection

  • Have a mechanical valve

  • Cannot take blood thinning medicines

  • Have a reaction to some metals

  • Have a reaction to some imaging solutions