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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Your heart health is our priority at Baptist Health South Florida's Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. For more than thirty years, we have been committed to improving cardiovascular care.

Our team focuses on the heart and blood vessels as one system, as we pioneer less invasive treatments for cardiovascular diseases and defects. Some heart conditions can be treated with medicine; however, other issues require structural repair. You can be confident that no matter what heart or vascular issue you face, we are committed to providing you with the best cardiovascular treatment options available.

Aortic Valve Damage: The Basics

The aortic valve is a one-way check valve that separates the pump (the heart) from the tube (aorta) that carries blood to the rest of the body. Over the first 75 years of your life, your aortic valve has opened and closed several trillion times. Like any movable part in an engine, it can wear out. The aortic valve begins to thicken and the space inside the aortic valve narrows. This increases the pressure and minimizes the flow of blood, making it harder for your heart to pump blood throughout the body. This condition, called aortic stenosis, affects 1.5 million people in the U.S. each year.

At some point, the aortic valve narrows until your heart cannot keep up with the extra effort. This causes symptoms that are often confused with aging – fatigue, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness or lack of desire to exercise. If left untreated, aortic stenosis can lead to heart failure and death.

TAVR: What is it?

At Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, we offer cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment options for patients with aortic valve damage or disease. One option is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a procedure that replaces the damaged aortic valve without removing it. Our cardiovascular specialists were instrumental in developing this technology.

With TAVR, the patient is sedated but not under general anesthesia. The new valve is delivered into the heart through a wire. This wire is inserted through a needle stick in the leg and threaded through the leg artery. Once the TAVR arrives inside the diseased valve, the physician inflates a balloon which secures the TAVR in place. The damaged valve is not removed – it is simply replaced with TAVR. No heart-lung machine is necessary, and the heart continues to pump normally throughout the procedure.

TAVR: Who Can It Help?

TAVR is an excellent option for patients with aortic valve damage or disease because it is a minimally invasive procedure, patients who undergo the TAVR experience faster recovery times. You will feel better almost immediately and will be back to your regular routine within a few weeks. A typical hospital stay after traditional heart valve surgery ranges between four and seven days. With TAVR, patients can be discharged to continue their recovery at home in 24-48 hours. After TAVR patients experience a significant long-term reduction in symptoms and improvement in quality of life.

TAVR: Why Baptist Health South Florida?

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive heart and vascular care network in the Southeastern United States. As an international leader in cardiac care, patients come from all over the world to be treated by our specialists. Our reputation for excellence also draws physicians from all over the globe to the Institute to train on the latest minimally invasive cardiovascular treatments.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is ranked as No. 1 for heart care in the South Florida region by U.S. News & World Report. For more than 30 years, the Institute has pioneered minimally invasive techniques to improve both outcomes and patient experience.

Our Heart Valve Clinic comprises representatives from cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and advanced echocardiography. At our weekly conference, we use a team approach in a uniquely collaborative environment. Our specialists review each patient's case and design a specific plan for that patient's heart.

At Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, we use the world's most advanced imaging equipment to ensure accuracy and to minimize any unwanted complications. We also utilize the first-of-its-kind hybrid room, allowing our cardiovascular experts from multiple specialties to work side by side to create unique, less-invasive solutions to heart problems.

If you would like to learn more about TAVR at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, please call 786-596-2700 to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiac and vascular specialists.​