Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

New treatment option for high-risk heart Patients.

Sparrow is among a select group of U.S. hospitals - and the only one in mid-Michigan - performing TAVR, giving a new outlook on life for Patients with severe aortic stenosis.

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure initially approved by the FDA only for “inoperable” Patients. This has recently been expanded to include those Patients considered “high-risk” for open-heart surgery.

During this procedure, a catheter is used to deliver a replacement prosthetic valve to your heart through an artery. Once in place, the catheter balloon is inflated, opening the new valve and securing it in place.

TAVR can offer a new chance at life for Patients who are too sick to undergo traditional open heart surgery.

Raymond Hansen, 90, of Williamston, was one of the first to undergo the procedure at Sparrow and talks about what it has meant for his quality of life.

Who is a Candidate for TAVR?

You will need to consult your Physician to determine whether you are a candidate for TAVR. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, TAVR may be right for you.

  • Has a Physician diagnosed you or a loved one with severe aortic stenosis?
  • Do you suffer from chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, or fainting?
  • Have you been told that you are not a candidate for traditional open heart surgery due to age, frail health, or other conditions?

For more information on the TAVR procedure at Sparrow Thoracic Cardiovascular Institute, call 517.483.7576.

You can also find more information here and through the Mayo Clinic Health Library