We are committed to providing our community with leading-edge cardiology care, including the groundbreaking and minimally-invasive TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure.
Read more about the TAVR procedure below, or call (626) 397-2523 with any questions.
Leading the TAVR team at Huntington Hospital, Dr. Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, interventional cardiologist, and Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for cardiothoracic surgery (pictured), were the first in the San Gabriel Valley to perform the less invasive TAVR procedure.
What Is TAVR?
TAVR is a minimally invasive replacement of heart valves. The TAVR procedure is a revolutionary new way to replace an aortic valve without a chest incision or the use of a heart lung machine. Studies show patients who have received this new device not only live longer, but feel better, and significantly improve their quality of life.
How Does TAVR Work?
The TAVR procedure is performed by our dedicated Huntington Hospital heart team using the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve, an FDA-approved product. During the procedure, the team inserts a valve through a small cut in the patient’s upper leg. The valve is advanced on a balloon catheter through the artery toward the native valve and leaving the new aortic valve inside the old one.
Critically, TAVR eliminates the need to open the patient’s chest or use a heart-lung machine used in traditional open-heart surgeries.
Who Is A Candidate For TAVR?
The groundbreaking TAVR technology benefits patients with significant medical issues in a minimally-invasive fashion. The aortic valve replacement procedure offers patients considered at high or moderate risk for traditional open-heart surgery an alternative treatment option.
Approximately 250,000 people in the United States suffer from severe aortic stenosis. Our team of Aortic valve specialists provide the best medical care to treat these patients. Until now, there has been no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay disease progression in elderly patients with deteriorating medical conditions who may be ineligible for traditional open-heart surgery. Our team will find the right solution for you.