Patient Resources

Resources for patients and families


When you experience the symptoms of severe aortic stenosis, seeking the help of a medical professional is important.

To educate you about your options to treat severe aortic stenosis, here are some resources that you may find helpful.

Considering a TAVR procedure

Severe aortic stenosis and the valve replacement procedure:
A guide for patients and their families

An estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from aortic stenosis.1 Learn more about treatment options.


Severe aortic stenosis and your treatment options

This video explains what severe aortic stenosis is, what the causes and symptoms are, along with the treatment options..

Questions to ask your doctor

If you’ve been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. To help guide important discussions with your doctor, we compiled a helpful list of questions.

Frequently asked questions

The questions you may be asking when considering a valve replacement procedure.

A new lease on life

Until recently, Allen Brady thought the time he served in Vietnam was the fight of his life. Then he was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. No longer able to do all the things he loved, Allen opted for the TAVR procedure. And that changed everything. “It’s like a new lease on life all of a sudden. It’s like 20 years ago.”

Understanding risks

Although TAVR is a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery,there are risks associated with all medical procedures.

Medical Glossary of Terms

Explore our glossary of medical terminology, designed to help you understand complex terms that you may hear from your heart team.

Cerebral embolic protection and Protected TAVRTM

Cerebral embolic protection with the SENTINELTM Cerebral Protection System

Learn more about the SENTINEL Cerebral Protection System that may be used during your TAVR procedure to minimize the risk of stroke.

Why is Protected TAVR important?

The SENTINEL CPS is designed to capture embolic debris and help protect you from the risk of stroke during the TAVR procedure. Watch this animation to learn about cerebral embolic protection and SENTINEL CPS for Protected TAVR.

Why consider cerebral embolic protection?

To these cardiologists, the question isn’t “Why you would want Protected TAVR — it’s why wouldn’t you?” Hear the experts’ opinions on why cerebral embolic protection is important for you.

Talk with your doctor about cerebral embolic protection

This guide is meant to help you better understand cerebral embolic protection, how the SENTINEL CPS system works to minimize stroke risk and questions to ask your doctor as you’re considering a TAVR procedure.

TAVR talk with Dr. Hemal Gada

Listen to insights from a leading Interventional Cardiologist about TAVR and Cerebral Embolic Protection.

Find a SENTINEL CPS center near you

Not every hospital that performs TAVR offers cerebral embolic protection . Find a medical center near you that offers Protected TAVR with the SENTINEL Cerebral Protection System.

Hope in the heart of Texas

Dr. Jim McCutchon, a retired urologist from Corpus Christi, Texas, learned he needed to have a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. After researching benefits and risks with a TAVR procedure he elected to have Protected TAVR with the SENTINEL CPS System. Hear Jim's story.

Like a dream come true

Peter Poulos was relieved to know he wouldn’t need open heart surgery to replace his diseased aortic valve. But he worried about the chance of a stroke during TAVR. When he learned that SENTINEL CPS could greatly minimize the risk, it was like a dream come true. Now he’s back to his old routine — and all of Atlanta benefits from this big-hearted man’s love for life. Hear Peter’s story.

What to expect

TAVR Pre-procedural checklist

From initial pre-procedure tests, to following your doctor’s orders, to showing up for follow-up appointments, you have a role to play in the success of your TAVR procedure.

Life after your TAVR procedure

Tips for successful recovery

From following your doctor’s orders to showing up for follow-up appointments, you have a role to play in the success of your TAVR procedure

Patient stories

Hear straight from patients, their heartfelt stories and how having a TAVR procedure changed their lives for the better.

TAVR procedure

TAVR is a less-invasive procedure that replaces the aortic valve without opening your chest to reach the heart. Patients who undergo a TAVR procedure typically have an easier time recovering and experience less discomfort.

What to expect

Understanding risks

A valve replacement is a major heart procedure. There are risks with all medical procedures. Speak with your heart team to understand the risks and benefits for you.

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