How Long Does a TAVR Valve Last?

If you need a procedure for severe aortic stenosis, it’s normal to have a ton of questions. Let us explain what Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is, how it’s used, the benefits, and how long it lasts so you know what to expect.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Up until recently, open heart surgery was needed to replace this heart valve. Now there is a minimally invasive procedure for patients who have severe aortic stenosis. Stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening usually caused by a buildup of calcium.

If the opening is too small, it restricts blood flow from the heart to the aorta. When this occurs, the heart works harder resulting in shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart failure.

How TAVR Is Used

TAVR replaces a valve that is not working properly or is diseased. The new valve is made of animal tissue. The procedure is minimally invasive requiring only one small cut in the skin.

The aortic valve is one of four valves that control blood flow in the heart. The aortic valve specifically controls the blood from the heart through the aorta and to the rest of the body.

During the procedure your cardiologist will use a catheter or a thin tube inserted into an artery in order to fit a new valve to replace the old one. This can be accomplished one of two ways. It can go in the femoral artery in the groin, or it can go into an artery in the chest.

As it is inserted, this collapsible valve expands. The surgical team assesses if the valve is positioned properly, and can be repositioned if needed.

Benefits of TAVR

Because this procedure is minimally invasive, there are a number of benefits:

  • There is an easier and faster recovery
  • Less time in the operation room
  • Lower risk of infection or other complications
  • Great option for fragile patients or patients at risk of complications from open heart surgery
  • Lower risk of death, stroke and re-hospitalization

How Long Does the TAVR Last?

Because this innovation is relatively new, scientists and doctors are not absolutely sure how long this replacement valve will last, but it is believed they will last for up to 10 years. If one should fail, a replacement valve can be inserted.

Contact New Jersey Cardiology Associates by calling your preferred location directly to schedule a consultation if you are interested in learning more about the TAVR procedure and if it might be right for you. We have clinics in West Orange, Belleville, Toms River, and Clifton. You can also request an appointment through our secure online form.