Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Calcium build-up in the aortic valve can lead to serious health problems, even heart failure. Previously, open-heart surgery was the only option for patients with advanced valve disease, but a third of patients are ineligible for surgery. If you are one of these patients, you now have an exciting new treatment option.
A procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR (pronounced "taver"), implants a new replacement valve through a small incision in an artery in the leg, eliminating the need for a traditional open-heart surgery.
TAVR offers the following benefits:
The Reading Hospital team is specially trained in TAVR and consists of interventional and noninvasive cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, specialized radiologists and anesthesiologists, nurses, and other cardiovascular team members as needed. Our cardiovascular specialists include:
Uday Dasika, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Eric E. Elgin, MD, Cardiology
Satoshi Furukawa, MD, Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Christine M. McCarty, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Matthew M. Nolan, MD, Cardiology
Reading Hospital is the only hospital in Berks County to have invested in a new hybrid operating suite, which combines the latest in surgical, imaging, and catheterization technology.
Talk with your cardiologist or primary care physician to determine if a referral to Reading Hospital High Risk Valve Center is right for you. For more information, call 484-628-0599.
Watch our HealthBreak video on the TAVR procedure: