Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Severe Aortic Stenosis

Introducing a new, life-saving option to treat severe aortic stenosis.

Dallas Valve Institute was one of the first facilities in the country to perform the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure — a new minimally invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis.

Since pioneering the treatment as part of a research trial in 2006, the team has screened more than 1,800 aortic stenosis patients and performed more TAVR procedures than any other facility in the southwestern United States.

Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, the TAVR procedure:

  • Is a closed-chest treatment
  • Takes place while the patient's heart is still beating
  • Eliminates the need for the heart-lung machine
  • Doesn't require stopping the heart

How does the TAVR procedure work?

  1. After making a tiny incision near the groin or in a major leg artery, the cardiovascular experts at the Dallas Valve Institute guide a long tube about the width of a pencil into the body.
  2. The new valve (which has been collapsed into the tube with a balloon on the end) is placed inside of the patient's diseased valve and inflated.
  3. When the balloon is inflated, it immediately restores full blood flow from the heart.
  4. Unlike open-heart surgery, this minimally invasive treatment option results in faster recovery times so patients can get back to their lives quicker.

Are you or a loved one a candidate for the TAVR procedure?

To determine candidacy for the TAVR procedure, discuss the answers to the following questions with a physician:

  • Do you have a heart murmur?
  • Have you been diagnosed with aortic stenosis?
  • Do you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness?
  • Have you been turned down for conventional aortic valve replacement surgery?
  • Are you looking for a minimally invasive treatment option?