TAVR Alternative to Open Heart SurgeryTranscatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

St. Vincent's now offers hope to patients who could not tolerate traditional open heart surgery. The TAVR procedure provides patients that previously had no other options to have a higher quality of life and more time with the people they love.

St. Vincent’s, Leading the Way

St. Vincent’s was the first hospital in the region to offer the TAVR procedure. Our physicians have long been leaders in cardiology and being hand selected by Edwards Life Sciences to offer TAVR to our community continues that tradition.



A game changer for Aortic Stenosis

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a device called the Sapien valve to replace the compromised valve in the heart. Doctors create a small incision through the femoral artery and steer the Sapien valve through a catheter to the heart. The wire mesh valve is then locked into the aortic opening with the aid of an inflatable balloon, replacing the degenerative valve.

A World of Possibilities

The revolutionary TAVR procedure gives high risk surgical patients a chance they didn’t have before. Thousands of individuals suffering from aortic stenosis are now candidates for a healthier heart and can enjoy an easier path to recovery.

Benefits of TAVR

• Avoid the risks of open-heart surgery
• Shorter recovery time
• Shorter hospital stay
• Immediate results

Risks of TAVR

• Possibility of stroke
• Possibility of atrial fibrillation

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Contact the Valve Clinic Coordinator

904.308.VALV (8258)

Patient Testimonials

Berta Crum, TAVR Patient

"This has been a remarkable experience and gift for our entire family. We will be forever grateful that our Mom was able to have this procedure without the high risk and complications associated with open heart surgery. Our hope is that these doctors can continue to achieve the same outcome for other patients and the continued commitment to cutting edge medical care can be offered to all patients who come to St. Vincent's! We can't say THANK YOU enough!"

Sincerely, The Entire Crum Family


Additional Patient Testimonials

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