Medical glossary of terms
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
A non- invasive, non-surgical procedure that replaces the diseased aortic valve without opening your chest to reach your heart. The doctor enters your artery through a small incision, most often in the groin. A compressed artificial valve that has been attached to a catheter is guided through the blood vessels and positioned in the heart. The replacement valve is expanded, pushing the diseased aortic valve out of the way. X-ray is used to guide positioning and placement of the new valve..