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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Thousands of people in the Tampa Bay area suffer from a heart disease called aortic stenosis, a condition affecting a valve in the heart that helps transport oxygen-rich blood to the body. For severe cases of aortic stenosis, the most effective treatment is surgical replacement of the valve.

Unfortunately, since this option requires open-heart surgery, it may not be appropriate for many people, especially the elderly and those who suffer from health conditions that might add complications to cardiac surgery.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an alternative to open-heart aortic valve replacement called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). This minimally invasive procedure offers a potentially lifesaving option to those who had no options in the past.

Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute was chosen for our excellence in treating heart disease and our commitment to groundbreaking cardiac care to be the first facility in Tampa and Hillsborough County to offer TAVR. As one of a select group of heart centers around the country to offer this breakthrough procedure, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute brings Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement to the residents of the west coast of Florida.

The process begins with our cardiac experts in the Valve Center, who work with you and your physician to determine which procedure may be best for you. If you are scheduled for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, you’ll meet with our TAVR team, who will prepare you for the procedure.

To learn more about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, please fill out our form or call Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute (813) 55-HEART.