Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

At Nuvance Health®, you have treatment options for aortic stenosis, a narrowed aortic valve in your heart. We offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive option for eligible patients at risk for open heart surgery.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Nuvance Health: Why choose us?

When you choose Nuvance Health, you find:

  • Experience in TAVR
    Your specially trained TAVR team includes interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiac imaging and testing specialists, nurses and catheterization laboratory technicians. Team members collaborate before and during your procedure, so you receive effective care.
  • Excellent care, close to home
    You don’t need to travel far to get specialized treatment options such as TAVR. Nuvance Health is committed to bringing advanced procedures to your community. 
  • Innovative care and research
    Nuvance Health offers innovative options including genetic testing, advanced diagnostic imaging, minimally invasive surgery and the full range of surgical treatments. We also perform research, including clinical trials, to identify promising treatments and improve eligible patients’ quality of life.

Do you qualify for transcatheter aortic valve replacement?

The only effective long-term treatment for a narrowed aortic valve, or aortic stenosis, used to be open heart valve replacement surgery. For those who qualify, the interventional cardiology team at Nuvance Health offers an advanced treatment option: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).  
doctor holds TAVR valve

Diagnosing aortic stenosis

We use advanced diagnostic tools to study your aorta and determine if TAVR is the right treatment for you. Learn more about cardiovascular imaging and testing.


How TAVR works

TAVR uses a minimally invasive approach. Your doctor makes a small incision in your leg, shoulder or chest and inserts a thin tube (catheter) into your artery. We guide the catheter to your heart, using real-time imaging, and replace the aortic valve while your heart is still beating.


Recovering from TAVR

TAVR offers faster recovery time than open heart surgery, and you can usually return home within several days. Your doctor gives you recovery instructions, which may include a special diet, exercise, and heart medicine, such as blood-thinning drugs. It’s important to follow these directions, so you have the best outcome possible.


Benefits of TAVR

The TAVR procedure improves your health by:

  • Reducing symptoms
  • Improving your heart’s function
  • Allowing you to take part in regular activities and regain control of your life


Comprehensive care and support for aortic stenosis

TAVR may be part of your customized treatment plan for aortic stenosis, which may also include heart medicine. Keeping your heart healthy is a lifelong journey. We support you with follow-up appointments to monitor your heart’s function and ensure you’re feeling well.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center recognized for Transcatheter Valve Certification

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Vassar Brothers Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures, also known as TAVR.