Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement With TAVR / TAVI

What Sets Mercy’s TAVR / TAVI Program Apart

When replacing heart valves, you can’t replace experience. With a long history of excellence in minimally invasive heart valve replacements, The Heart Hospital at Mercy has been offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for moderate to critical / severe aortic stenosis since 2015.

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First in Akron-Canton area to perform TAVR without general anesthesia

In 2016, our program became the first in the Akron-Canton area to perform TAVR without general anesthesia, allowing us to expand our care to include certain high-risk patients who may not be eligible for TAVR elsewhere, such as those with underlying conditions or other risk factors:

  • Age
  • Frailty
  • Co-morbidities like congestive heart failure and severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Chronic atrial fibrillation
  • Cancer in remission

That’s because TAVR itself—a non-surgical, minimally invasive catheter procedure developed for those at high risk for standard open heart surgery with sternotomy—normally requires general anesthesia.

Patients, including those who’ve had a previous aortic valve replacement, may qualify as a TAVR candidate at Mercy if standard heart valve replacement risks are significant or they have been turned down for TAVR with general anesthesia.

First in Ohio to offer same-day discharge after TAVR

Mercy was Ohio’s first to perform a TAVR with same-day discharge. Of those who can’t be released same day, most go home within 24 hours.

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TAVR team at Mercy takes careful approach

At Mercy, our goal is to help patients achieve the quality of life they deserve. Every case that may potentially benefit from a TAVR procedure undergoes a careful review by our comprehensive, long-standing team of interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and technologists to ensure appropriate care and to assess TAVI risks, prognosis, and recovery.

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