Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta is among a small group of centers in Southern California to offer trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis.
Why Choose Us for TAVR?
- We are the first hospital in Southwest Riverside County to offer TAVR.
- We bring together many different specialists, including cardiologists, surgeons, imaging specialists and others to evaluate and treat your condition.
- With the TAVR procedure, our patients generally experience less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
What is Severe Aortic Stenosis?
Severe aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening that prevents normal blood flow. It can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever or radiation therapy. It can also be related to age.
Symptoms include dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain or tightness in the chest. However, it is important to remember that heart valve disease often occurs with no outward symptoms and may go undetected.
In elderly patients, severe aortic stenosis can be caused by calcium buildup (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets. When the leaflets don’t fully open, the heart must work harder to push blood through the aortic valve. This makes the heart weaker and increases the risk of heart failure.
What is TAVR?
Trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a nonsurgical approach for patients with severe aortic stenosis. It can be a good option for patients who cannot undergo traditional open-heart surgery. The procedure involves replacing a narrowed aortic valve by using a catheter to insert a new valve into the aorta.
The surgery normally lasts two to three hours. Many patients have a shorter hospital stay and require less anesthesia.
The TAVR procedure requires the collaboration of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Working together, these teams evaluate and select patients they believe will have the best outcomes.
To find out if TAVR is right for you, talk with your cardiologist and contact the TAVR nurse navigator at 951-290-4314.