Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacment (TAVR) Information
Often, elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis are too ill to undergo open cardiac surgery. Many of these patients may now be effectively treated with TAVR, however. TAVR is performed by a heart team including experienced surgeons, interventional cardiologists and cardiac imaging experts. The heart team at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center are leaders in performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and ours is one of the few centers selected to offer the new Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve.
The graphic above presents the criteria that we use to evaluate candidates for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). As you will see, only certain patients who are at least moderate risk for surgical aortic valve replacement are considered for TAVR; however, alternative treatments are available for patients who do not qualify.
The graphic to the right presents the process that the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center follows when a patient is referred for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). When treatment is complete, our commitment is to always refer the patient back to his or her original physician, which benefits patients and their referring physicians alike.
If you would like to refer a patient to be considered for TAVR or to learn more about our criteria, please contact us:
The following animations demonstrate the functionality of both the commercially available Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve and the investigational device, Medtronic CoreValve® used by the heart team of the Houston Methodist Valve Clinic:
Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve
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For more information about the Valve Clinic or to refer a patient, please call 713-441-2863 or complete the online referral form.