Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery

Nebraska Heart Only Hospital in Nebraska to Offer Breakthrough Treatment for Inoperable Patients with Aortic Stenosis.

Nebraska Heart Hospital has been selected as the first and only hospital in Nebraska to offer aortic valve replacement without open-heart surgery. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that gives new hope to patients with severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the valve that restricts blood flow), who are considered high-risk or inoperable candidates for conventional aortic valve replacement (AVR) through open-heart surgery.

Severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is often caused by the build-up of calcium (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets (flaps of tissue that open and close to regulate the one-way flow of blood through the aortic valve). This build-up of calcium on the leaflets impairs the aortic valve’s ability to fully open and close. As a result, the narrowed valve allows less oxygen-rich blood to flow from the lungs to the brain and the rest of the body which may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.

While open-heart AVR surgery is the gold standard treatment for severe aortic valve stenosis, there are patients who are not candidates for open-chest surgery. The transfemoral TAVR procedure enables the Nebraska Heart TAVR Heart Team to replace a diseased aortic valve by placing a balloon-expandable heart valve into the body with a tube-based system (catheter), which allows the valve to be inserted through a small cut in the thigh into an artery.

For those patients who are candidates for TAVR, this therapy may provide relief from the often debilitating symptoms associated with severe aortic valve stenosis.

If you feel that you may be a candidate for the TAVR procedure, please talk with your primary care physician about the breakthrough TAVR treatment available at Nebraska Heart Hospital. You can also contact Nebraska Heart’s TAVR Coordinator at 1.800.NHI.DOCS.

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