Services and Treatments
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Treating Valvular Heart Disease at Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of complex valve disease. Here, patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team composed of highly skilled physicians and surgeons who offer the most advanced interventional and minimally invasive surgical treatments for complex conditions of the heart valves.
Patients diagnosed with aortic stenosis – narrowing of the aortic valve – may experience symptoms including chest pain, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, or rapid heart rate. These patients can often benefit from surgery to replace their ailing valve, but only two-thirds of them undergo the procedure each year. Patients deemed high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery may be eligible for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The TAVR procedure, which is performed via an artery in the groin or via a small incision in the chest, allows the diseased native heart valve to be replaced without open-heart surgery.
Patients with prior aortic valve replacement or mitral valve replacement whose valve is failing may be eligible for catheter-based treatment as an alternative to repeat open surgery. Montefiore now offers replacement using the “valve-in-valve” approach in selected patients.
For more information, or to be scheduled for evaluation by the Montefiore TAVR team, please contact 718-405-8247.