Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Yale New Haven Hospital is recognized as a national leader in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Yale New Haven Hospital was the first hospital in Connecticut to perform the procedure and performs an average of 200 TAVRs annually.

What is TAVR?

TAVR is a 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. Yale New Haven Hospital’s valve team offers several options for TAVR including the Edwards Sapien 3 valve, as well as the Medtronic CoreValve Evolut. In addition, through ongoing clinical trials, even low risk patients with severe aortic stenosis may be considered for TAVR.

Is TAVR right for you?

If your doctor has told you that you have severe aortic stenosis TAVR may be a viable treatment option. While the minimally invasive TAVR procedure was initially intended for patients at higher risk for surgery, it is now a potential treatment for all patients with severe aortic stenosis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 203-785-7990.

A team approach

At YNHH’s Valve Clinic potential TAVR patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of physicians that includes interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, echocardiographers and valve clinic coordinators. This team approach results in a collaborative, personalized treatment plan

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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TAVR: Thomas Dolan

Thomas Dolan is 85 years old and still running around a tennis court.

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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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Transfemoral procedure

TAVR: Transfemoral procedure

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

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