Heart Valve Center
Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Valve Center specializes in evaluating and treating heart valve disease with the most advanced technology available. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and cardiologists specialize in treating high-risk patients. A nurse navigator guides patients from the evaluation process through discharge and follow-up care.
In addition to traditional heart valve surgery, the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is performed here. This treatment option is for patients with severe aortic stenosis, who are not candidates for open heart surgery. The TAVR procedure allows the placement of a balloon-expandable heart valve into the body via a tube-based delivery system (catheter) usually through an artery in the leg. The TAVR procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, which functions like a catheterization lab, but has all the capabilities of a traditional operating room, along with advanced, high-resolution imaging equipment.
TAVR Q & A
Q: Am I a candidate for the TAVR procedure?
A: If you have severe aortic stenosis and have been told that you are not a good candidate for open heart surgery, TAVR may be right for you. Patients referred to the Tampa General Hospital Heart Valve Center for TAVR evaluation will have testing performed to determine if they are candidates for the procedure. Our nurse navigator will assist you through this process. To reach the nurse navigator, please call (813) 844-TAVR (8287).
Q: What type of tests will need to be done?
A: Our team needs a lot of information about you, your heart and your overall health. Patients being evaluated for the TAVR procedure will need to have a cardiac echocardiogram (Echo) and a cardiac angiogram (cardiac cath) performed. Some patients may need additional testing, which will be determined by the medical team.
Q: Does the TAVR procedure require a hospital stay?
A: The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes 3 to 4 hours. The average hospital stay following a TAVR procedure is 4 to 7 days.
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