Heart Valve Disease and Aortic Stenosis
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Aortic stenosis is a serious heart valve disease that restricts normal blood flow to the entire body. When you have aortic stenosis, your heart valves are not able to fully open and close and your lungs, brain and body do not get the oxygen-rich blood they need to function. Your heart eventually gets weaker and your risk for heart failure and sudden cardiac death becomes greater.
Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at CHI St. Vincent use several techniques to treat aortic stenosis, repairing or replacing damaged heart valves. Surgical treatment options available to you include open heart surgery and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive option that we offer for patients with severe heart valve disease who are high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery. TAVR uses a catheter to replace the heart valve. This less invasive procedure allows a new valve to be inserted within the existing, diseased aortic valve without opening up the chest and completely removing the diseased valve.
If you are diagnosed with aortic stenosis, your team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at CHI St. Vincent will work closely with you to determine the approach that provides you with the best outcome.