Transcatheter Valve Replacement (TAVR) and the Heart Valve Clinic

At Bridgeport Hospital’s Heart Valve Clinic, patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic heart valve) and who are at increased risk of aortic valve replacement through open-heart surgery are evaluated for a new valve replacement procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that typically offers a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery.

The Heart Valve Clinic at Bridgeport Hospital includes cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from both Bridgeport Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital and reflects the commitment of the Yale New Haven Health System to deliver top quality care throughout the state.

What Is TAVR?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that involves using a catheter from the leg or other approach to deliver a new aortic valve that replaces the heart’s diseased aortic valve without requiring open-heart surgery. The valve team offers several different options for TAVR including the Edwards SAPIEN valve, as well as the Medtronic COREVALVE, in clinical trials throughout the United States and widely used throughout Europe.

TAVR: How it works

There are two different approaches for TAVR – transfemoral and transapical. In the transfemoral approach, an incision is made in the leg (or slightly higher up). In the transapical approach, an incision is made between the ribs to access the apex (lowest point) of the heart.

Is TAVR right for you?

If your doctor has told you that you have severe aortic stenosis and that you are not a good candidate for open-heart surgery, then TAVR may be a viable option for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 203.384.3844.