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Samaritan Heart Center’s Structural Heart Program focuses on the treatment of valve disease. The heart health team works with each patient to determine whether medical or surgical treatment is the best option.  

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Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis is a build-up of calcium deposits on the valve, which causes it to narrow and reduce blood flow to the rest of your body. Treatment for aortic stenosis depends its severity, and on your symptoms. Mild aortic stenosis may be treated with medication and regular follow-up appointments. If your stenosis is severe your heart team may recommend replacing your diseased aortic valve. 

Video: What is aortic stenosis? 

TAVR

In addition to traditional open heart surgery, there is now a minimally-invasive alternative called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This procedure uses a catheter to implant a new valve. 

If your heart team feels you may be a good candidate for TAVR, you will be given a variety of heart imaging tests and consult with cardiac surgeons. Our program coordinator will walk you through this process and answer any questions or concerns. 

Video: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

For more information about TAVR and Samaritan Heart Center’s Structural Heart Program, call 541-768-5205.