The Dominion Post - The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute offers new technology shown to protect patients from the risk of stroke during minimally invasive heart valve surgery, known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
TAVR is a relatively new approach to treating aortic stenosis. During the procedure, a team consisting of interventional cardiologists and a cardiac surgeon makes a small incision in the groin area and replaces the valve via a catheter. This approach is especially beneficial to patients who are not deemed to be ideal candidates for open heart surgery. However, the majority of patients undergoing TAVR have severe valvular calcifications and frail plaque materials on the aorta...>>>