Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Yale New Haven Hospital is among a select number of hospitals in the country, and the first hospital in Connecticut, to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as a treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis. The transcatheter procedure is easier on patients, typically offers a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery, and provides doctors with a new option to treat patients who are at increased risk for open-heart surgery.

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that involves using a catheter from the leg or other approach to deliver a new aortic valve that replaces the heart’s diseased aortic valve without requiring open-heart surgery. Yale New Haven Hospital’s valve team offers several different options for TAVR including the new FDA-approved Edwards SAPIEN valve, as well as the Medtronic COREVALVE, in clinical trials throughout the United States and widely used throughout Europe. 

Is TAVR right for you?

If your doctor has told you that you have severe aortic stenosis and that you are not a good candidate for open-heart surgery, then TAVR may be a viable option for you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 203-785-7990.

Richard Kenney

TAVR: Richard Kenney

A TAVR procedure at YNHH provided a fast answer for Richard Kenney's fatigue, pain and shortness of breath. 

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Mending Hearts

Hear from patients who have had the TAVR procedure, and the Yale New Haven physicians who specialize it. 

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Transapical procedure

TAVR: Transapical procedure

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

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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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