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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Heart Center of the Rockies was one of the first heart programs in the Rocky Mountain region to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) - a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves in patients who are too sick for open-heart surgery.

During the procedure, a replacement valve is crimped on to a catheter, inserted through a small incision in the upper thigh and then guided by a wire to the heart. The valve is then expanded by a balloon and implanted to replace the diseased aortic valve.

While there are some surgical components to the procedure, they are minimal and less invasive than open-heart surgery, thereby reducing the recovery time required.

Individuals interested in learning if they might be a candidate for the TAVR procedure may contact the Heart Center of the Rockies valve clinic at 970.624.1833.

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