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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, the latest, minimally invasive technique for replacing aortic valves in patients who cannot have open-heart surgery, is available at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Patients who need valve replacements and are considered high-risk now have an alternative: small-incision surgery known as TAVR Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement. Einstein Healthcare Network's cardiothoracic surgery team was the first to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement in Philadelphia.
Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in the U.S. Without treatment, severe cases may result in death.
Approximately 30 percent of patients with aortic stenosis are considered high risk.
During this procedure, a biological heart valve (sourced from a cow) is inserted into the aorta through the leg or the chest using a catheter and a balloon.
The new stunted, prosthetic valve functions like a normal, healthy valve as soon as the inflated balloon that moves it in place is removed from the patient.
Candidacy is determined through a multidisciplinary evaluation at every Tuesday at our clinic. See if you're a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.
Vascular Heart Disease ClinicWillowcrest Building, 4th floor5501 Old York Rd.Philadelphia, PA 19141Directions
D. Lynn Morris, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
Mark Anderson, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Chairman of the Division of Cardiothoracic SurgerySean Janzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist
Salil Shah, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Christian Federic Witzke Sanz, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
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