TAVR is an FDA-approved catheter-based treatment option for some people with severe aortic stenosis. If a cardiac surgeon determines that you are not well enough to undergo open-heart surgery, this minimally invasive procedure may be performed to replace your heart valve.
The synthetic 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.
In this highly technical procedure where experience counts, the Barnabas Health Valve Center is one of the nation’s top ten centers in the number of TAVR procedures performed. And, our patients experience a significantly lower rate of stroke (a risk associated with TAVR) than the national average.
Each patient is evaluated by a team of cardiac specialists who provide a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s heart health. If a patient does not meet the appropriate clinical criteria for TAVR, our cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists will recommend optimal therapy and are experienced in performing every cardiac treatment available today.
Partner II Trial
The Valve Center was chosen among a select group of the nation’s leading heart centers to participate in the PARTNER II clinical research trial. This new study allows physicians to:
expand the TAVR eligibility criteria to include people who are at intermediate risk for traditional open-heart surgery. Our team can consider the advanced TAVR option for patients who may be excluded from this minimally invasive treatment at other centers.
deliver the synthetic valve on the tip of a smaller catheter. The new, small catheter — together with the more advanced and variable-sized valves — allows physicians to customize the TAVR procedure to accommodate each individual patient’s anatomy.
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Marc Cohen, MD
Chief of Cardiology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Chunguang Chen, MD
Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Lab at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
As we age, our heart valves can become stiff or weak.
Severe aortic stenosis is often caused by the build-up
of calcium on the valve's leaflets. This causes narrowing
and stiffness in the valve which reduces its ability to
open and close completely.
The leaflets of a healthy aortic heart valve open wide to
allow oxygenated blood to flow unobstructed through the
valve into the aorta where it flows out to the rest of the
The leaflets of a stenotic or calcified aortic heart valve are
unable to open wide,obstructing blood flow from the
left ventricle into the aorta. The narrowed valve allows
less oxygenated blood to flow through and as a result, less
oxygen-rich blood is pumped out to the body which may
cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath.
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