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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

TAVI is a new procedure for  heart patients who have a serious, debilitating heart condition called aortic stenosis but who are not considered strong enough to undergo conventional open heart surgery for heart-valve replacement.

PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular Institute (PHCVI) offers  these patients an innovative, non-invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). PHCVI is the only hospital in central Pennsylvania and one of just three in the entire state to be able to offer this therapy to high risk patients with aortic stenosis.

Minimally Invasive and Lifesaving

Considered a non-surgical procedure, TAVI involves insertion of a catheter into the patient’s femoral (groin) artery.  The catheter travels to the site of the patient’s diseased heart valve, carrying a replacement made of bovine or porcine tissue that has been reinforced with a stainless steel stent.  The malfunctioning valve is removed and replaced with the new one, leaving patients with a smoothly operating valve that delivers better blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.  The medical device used in TAVI is manufactured by MedTronic.

Benefits For Complex Patients

TAVI can help elderly and frail patients with severe aortic stenosis feel much better and stronger.  Since there is no medication that can improve valve function and since surgery is considered to be too dangerous for these patients, TAVI is a treatment that may bring a far better quality of life.

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Watch the animation below to learn more about a transcatheter aortic valve replacement with the Medtronic CoreValve® System.