Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Performing more TAVR procedures than anyone in New Jersey

If your doctor has determined that Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) may be an option to treat you or a loved one, ensure your heart is in the most capable hands. Our outcomes far exceed national benchmarks, including higher safety and life expectancy rates, and lower risks of complications.

TAVR is available at the following Barnabas Health Heart Centers:

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston

Understanding TAVR

In the past, many people with a failing aortic heart valve were too sick to be helped. The standard treatment – open heart surgery – was considered too risky for many of these patients.

But today, a minimally invasive, FDA-approved procedure called is saving the lives of such inoperable or high-risk individuals who are not candidates for traditional surgery. It’s also reducing their disabling symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and fatigue.

During TAVR, a synthetic or artificial valve is collapsed and threaded through a blood vessel to the heart on the tip of a catheter. Physicians use state-of-the-art imaging technology to visualize its precise placement then, expand the new valve. It begins to function immediately and works like a normal healthy valve that allows for proper blood flow through the chambers of the heart. No chest incision is required, resulting in quicker recovery, less pain and fewer complications.

Patients often say they feel better immediately after the procedure and they regularly go home the next day.