Aortic stenosis (AS) is among the most common types of heart valve disease and affects between 2-4% of the total population. As we age the chances of developing AS increases. In the United States, 12.4% of adults over the age of 75 are affected by AS. If left untreated life expectancy for these individuals is about 2-5 years after symptoms begin. O’Connor Hospital has a long history of providing treatment options for individuals affected by aortic stenosis including surgical aortic valve replacements (SAVR) and balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV). We now can add transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to that list of treatment options.
Unlike traditional “open heart” aortic valve surgery, TAVR is a valve replacement which is performed over wires through punctures typically in the groin. This minimally invasive approach results in a shorter hospital stay and has similar outcomes to traditional cardiac surgery.
Our multidisciplinary evaluation team includes Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Radiologists, Anesthesiologists, Nurses, Interventional Cardiology Technicians, and Diagnostic Imaging Experts working together in collaboration with the patient to evaluate their condition and determine a personalized treatment plan.