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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement


Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is recognized as a national leader in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic heart valve). Yale New Haven Hospital was the first hospital in Connecticut to perform the procedure and to receive Transcatheter Valve Center Certification through the American College of Cardiology.

Yale New Haven Health Heart and Vascular Center is the first and only healthcare system in Connecticut to be certified by the ACC for transcatheter valve replacement procedures, also offered at Bridgeport Hospital. Certification is based on established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes.  Our integrated team specializes in treating the most complex cases and contributes to the field of transcatheter valve replacement through innovative research.

What is TAVR?

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a catheter from the leg or another approach to deliver a new aortic valve that replaces the heart’s diseased aortic valve without requiring open-heart surgery. It typically offers a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. TAVR is a potential treatment for all patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. Yale New Haven Hospital’s valve team offers the Edwards SAPIEN 3™ valve and the Medtronic Evolut™ PRO valve. Watch the videos below for more detail about TAVR

A team approach

Potential TAVR patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of physicians that includes interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, echocardiographers and coordinators. This team approach results in a collaborative, personalized treatment plan.

Is TAVR right for you?

If your doctor has told you that you have severe aortic stenosis, TAVR may be a viable treatment option. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 203-785-7990.


 John K. Forrest, MD

Aortic Stenosis and TAVR

Interventional cardiologist John K. Forrest, MD, of Heart and Vascular Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, discusses aortic stenosis and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

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Aortic Stenosis

What is aortic stenosis?

TAVR is one treatment for this serious heart condition.

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Transfemoral procedure

TAVR: Transfemoral procedure

This short video animates the steps taken during the transfemoral procedure for TAVR.

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