Am I a Candidate for TAVR?
TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment option for severe aortic stenosis in high-risk patients who are not eligible for traditional open-heart surgery.
Who should schedule a screening?
The TAVR procedure is not right for everyone. In certain cases, the risks of the procedure may outweigh the benefits.
Who should not consider the TAVR surgery?
- Anyone whose aortic valve is not calcified
- Anyone who has a blood clot or an abnormal growth
- Anyone who has an infection in the heart or infections elsewhere
- Anyone who already has had a prosthetic (man-made) valve implanted in any of their four heart valves, with the exception of the mitral valve
- Anyone who has aortic stenosis along with moderate or severe aortic regurgitation (when your valve does not fully close and allows blood to leak backwards through the valve)
- Anyone who has severe disease of their mitral valve requiring surgery
- Anyone whose aortic valve is either too small or too big
Learn more about the TAVR clinical trials and treatment locations in Houston.