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FAQs about TAVR

What is aortic stenosis?

It is a cardiac condition that causes abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve, which impedes blood flow to the heart and can lead to heart failure. Its symptoms include fainting, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and lung congestion.

What happens if I do not receive aortic valve replacement?

Articles* indicate that among symptomatic patients with medically treated moderate to severe aortic stenosis, mortality from the onset of symptoms is approximately 25% at one year and 50% at two years.

*Source: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/150638-overview

What is TAVR?

It is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers a replacement valve via catheter while the heart is still beating.

Who is a candidate for TAVR?

Patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who are not eligible for open-heart surgery or are at very high risk, either due to age, history of heart disease, frailty or other health issues.

Expertise on par with Philadelphia and New York medical centers

Renowned cardiac physicians and TAVR surgeons can certainly be found within a one- or two-hour drive to academic medical centers in other cities. But they are also right here, minutes away at The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) — the region’s only full-service cardiac program, which includes the only STEMI Center in southeastern New Jersey.  And both campuses of ARMC have been designated Accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

These are just some of the reasons why, year over year, patients at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center experience outcomes equal to or better than those of the top heart programs in the state of New Jersey.

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