If your aortic valve is not working properly, look to our experienced cardiothoracic surgeons for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

What is TAVR?

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic stenosis. TAVR can help restore blood flow and reduce symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and fatigue.

Your doctor will use imaging technology and a thin tube (catheter) to guide the new valve through your artery and up to your heart.

Also see our Heart Valve Program

Benefits of TAVR

Rest assured that the procedure requires only tiny incisions, and there is no need to stop your heart or use a heart-lung machine for breathing. This minimally invasive technique has these advantages:

  • Easier and faster recovery compared to open-heart surgery
  • Less time in the operating room
  • Lower risk of stroke and future complications (unexpected problems)

Understand the Risks

As with any medical procedure, TAVR carries some health risks, such as bleeding or infection. Talk to your doctor about the:

  • Potential benefits and risks
  • Risk level based on your health, age, and other factors
  • Ways your care team works to keep you safe
  • What you can do to improve your outcome


  • New and Current Patients:
  • Non-Invasive Imaging


  • Phone: 858-657-8817
  • Fax: 858-657-1252

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