Patients with related conditions to transcatheter aortic valve replacement have been previously diagnosed with an inoperable condition. Aortic stenosis, one of these related conditions, is a heart condition where the valve that pushes oxygenated blood out of the heart to the body is blocked or defective.
Usually, patients with aortic stenosis have a build up of calcium on the valve that reduces its ability to open and close. The preferred treatment is open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery. Depending on the patient’s overall health and the severity of the condition, this open-heart surgery may not be an option.
For qualified patients who were diagnosed with an inoperable related condition, transcatheter aortic valve replacement may be a treatment option. This minimally invasive procedure reduces stress on the body and can be completed without opening the chest.