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TAVR Procedure Gives Elaine Conway a New Lease on Life

October 12, 2012

Cardiac patient Elaine Conway needed a valve replacement, but because she had already undergone two open heart surgeries she was not a candidate for a third. A surgical valve replacement was out of the question, but a new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) offered Elaine an alternative to traditional open heart surgery to replace her valve. Without this procedure, her symptoms from the narrowed valve would have been untreatable.

TAVR is an option for patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis who meet the procedure criteria and aren’t candidates for open heart surgery. The procedure is done using a small tube (catheter) inserted in to the femoral artery in the leg and run up through the aorta where a new valve is placed. Patients are benefitting greatly from this new therapy, which is much less invasive and offers a quicker recovery time.


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Interventional Cardiology

Catheter-based treatment of coronary artery disease and other problems that affect the structures of your heart.

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St. Luke's Clinic – Idaho Cardiology Associates: Boise
300 E. Jefferson St.
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 322-1680