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TAVR – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement at Mary Washington Hospital

TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is minimally invasive surgical heart valve replacement procedure for patients with aortic stenosis who are not surgical candidates for traditional open heart surgery. TAVR is a less invasive option that enables surgeons to use a catheter to guide an artificial heart valve through the carotid artery - directly into the heart, position it within the patient’s native heart valve and implant the new valve allowing it to restore blood flow.

Because it is less invasive, TAVR typically has a shorter recovery time and lower risk for complications than traditional open heart surgery. Post-procedure hospitalization is typically 3-5 days. Risks for stroke and other complications are similar to traditional surgical valve replacement. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options based on your condition.

Mary Washington Hospital’s Cardiac Hybrid Room, designed specifically for TAVR procedures, combines equipment and features found in conventional operating rooms with state-of-the-art imaging technology. The future of cardiac care is in Fredericksburg, now.

What is the TAVR procedure?

Collaborative Heart Care Team

Mary Washington Hospital’s Structural Heart & Valve Clinic Team consists of specialists with various areas of expertise that review each patient’s tests and results to develop a customized treatment plan

Dr. John Cardone and Dr. Alex Na, cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Harish Chandra and Dr Arijit Chanda, interventional cardiologists, work with cardiologists and primary care physicians in the region to make this life-saving treatment option available to qualified patients.

The Mary Washington Healthcare TAVR Team also includes:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Cardiac cath lab technicians and nurses
  • Cardiac surgery nursing team
  • Perfusionists
  • Cardiac surgical assistants
  • Echo technicians

A multidisciplinary heart team reviews patient test results in conjunction with the patient’s cardiologist or referring physician to determine an appropriate treatment plan which may include Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), surgical aortic valve replacement or medical therapy.

Also, a dedicated Valve Clinic Coordinator assists potential patients with navigating the evaluation and testing process and facilitates the recommendations of the collaborative heart team and referring cardiologist.

Contact your cardiologist with additional questions or for a referral to one of our surgeons.

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