The experts at Boulder Heart are the only team in Boulder County performing
transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an innovative, minimally
invasive procedure to replace failing aortic valves.
TAVR is an FDA-approved procedure that is a good option for patients with
severe aortic stenosis whose age or physical condition disqualify them
from having open heart surgery. Many TAVR candidates are in their 70s
or 80s or have other serious medical conditions. TAVR typically involves
quicker recovery than traditional open heart surgery.
What is TAVR?
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace damaged aortic valves
in order to boost blood flow, allowing patients to enjoy longer lives
and return to favorite activities.
Somewhat similar to a stent placed in an artery, the TAVR procedure uses
a catheter to place a sophisticated bio-prosthetic valve inside the patient's
own valve. The replacement valve widens the valve opening and takes over
the job of regulating blood flow. Most TAVR patients are able to return
home after a day or two in the hospital.
TAVR is performed by an interventional cardiologist-led team in a specialized
operating room at Foothills Hospital that's equipped with advanced
Who does TAVR help?
The FDA has approved TAVR for patients with severe aortic stenosis who
have been carefully assessed by a medical team that has determined that
open heart surgery poses more risk than minimally invasive TAVR. Common
TAVR candidates include individuals in their 70s or 80s or people with
other conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Why choose Foothills Hospital and Boulder Heart?
Our TAVR program is led by
Dr. Srinivas Iyengar, a highly experienced interventional cardiologist who has successfully
performed more than 400 TAVR procedures and trained in the institution
where TAVR was introduced to the U.S.
Our multidisciplinary TAVR team include some of our region’s most
experienced electrophysiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. All patients
are carefully assessed by our expert team to determine which aortic procedure
is best for each individual.
To learn more about TAVR or make an appointment, call 303-415-8898.
Boulder Community Health hosts the only program in Boulder County approved
to conduct TAVR procedures. We offer a full range of cardiology services at our
three Boulder Heart clinics, conveniently located across Boulder County in
TAVR Patient: Shirley's Story
After noticing shortness of breath during daily walks with her poodle Buddy,
Shirley Heit, 95, had a TAVR procedure at Foothills Hospital. Back home
and walking Buddy again within a few days, she says, "Now I have
the feeling that it's really good to be alive."
Read Shirley's story.