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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The Structural Heart Clinic at Kettering Medical Center offers new hope to patients. Kettering Health Network is proud to lead the Dayton area in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, TAVR, procedures.

Understanding TAVR

TAVR (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a new technology, which offers qualifying patients a longer, more active life. The advanced procedure is led by our multidisciplinary team of expert interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, surgical, and cardiac cath clinicians.

TAVR is a type of heart surgery that replaces a diseased aortic valve with a new valve. The aortic valve controls blood flow from the heart to the body. In some cases, the valve becomes stiff and has trouble opening. This condition is called aortic stenosis. The heart then has to work harder to push blood through the valve to the rest of the body. This may lead to symptoms such as tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fainting.

Call: (937) 395-6023

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TAVR is done by putting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter through a blood vessel in your groin or between your ribs. The doctor uses the catheter to bring the new valve to your heart. The new valve is made of special material mounted on a metal frame. The new valve helps improve blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.

Be sure to talk with your health care provider about any questions or concerns you have before the surgery. The surgery takes three to five hours. You will remain in the hospital two to eight days. TAVR is an option if you cannot have a traditional open-heart surgery to replace a valve.

TAVR may be an option if you have:

  • Advanced age
  • A weaker heart
  • Previous heart surgery
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Previous radiation treatment to the chest

A team of doctors makes the decision to do this surgery on a case-by-case basis.

The Structural Heart Clinic at Kettering Medical Center

Our heart clinic team is committed to providing personalized and compassionate care using a patient-centered collaborative approach, helping each patient navigate throughout the plan of care from start to finish.

From initial consultation, evaluation, treatment, and follow up, our team works closely with patients, families, and referring physicians to develop and implement the plan of care that is most appropriate for each patient.

Kettering Medical Center TAVR Team

Brian Schwartz, MD - Interventional Cardiologist
Thomas Merle, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Peter Pavlina, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Raja Nazir, MD - Interventional Cardiologist
Calvert Busch, MD - Cardiologist
Prasanth Lingam, MD - Interventional Cardiologist
Natalie Godzik, MD - Anesthesiologist
Ronald Wargacki, MD - Anesthesiologist
Support Staff:
Jim Benton, BSN, RN
Barbara Haney, MSN, RN, AGPCNP
Thomas Kracus, ARRT

For more information about TAVR, please contact The Structural Heart Clinic at Kettering Medical Center, (937) 395-6023.