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TAVR – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement at Mary Washington Hospital


TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a minimally invasive surgical heart procedure to replace a narrow aortic valve. This method is for people with aortic stenosis who can't have regular open heart surgery. Surgeons use a thin tube called a catheter to guide an artificial heart valve through the carotid artery to the heart. They place the new valve inside the patient's own heart valve, allowing it to restore blood flow.

Because it's less invasive, recovering from TAVR is usually quicker and has fewer problems compared to regular heart surgery. You might stay in the hospital for 3–5 days after the procedure. The risk of having a stroke or other issues are similar to regular valve replacement surgery. Your doctor can talk to you about the best choices for your situation.


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.

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

John Cardone, MD, and Alex Na, MD, cardiothoracic surgeons, and interventional cardiologists, Arijit Chanda, MD, Micaela Iantorno, MD and Samad Zaheeruddin, MD, 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 cooperation with the patient’s cardiologist or referring physician to determine the right 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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