TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement)
The Providence Heart & Vascular Center continues to be at the forefront of providing the best possible care to Alaskans with advanced heart disease. As the first and only center in the state to offer the revolutionary replacement Sapien aortic valve, patients who are not strong enough to undergo traditional open-heart surgery, now have the option of a gentler procedure right here in Alaska.
This procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is minimally invasive. With TAVR, patients with severe aortic stenosis receive the replacement valve through a catheter via a two-inch incision in the groin. TAVR works by repairing – rather than removing – the existing aortic valve by wedging a replacement Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve into the existing valve’s.
Today's patients with valve disorders tend to be older and more medically complex, which requires an interdisciplinary, flexible approach to care. This approach, combined with our physician team -cardiologists and heart surgeons with special expertise in valve disease, primary care physicians, pulmonologists and anesthesiologists – distinguishes Providence Heart & Vascular Center as one of the leading treatment centers in Alaska.
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For more information about or to inquire about referrals, please contact Providence Heart & Vascular Center at 907-212-3065.