Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant (TAVI)
Minimally invasive valve replacement
Transcatheter aortic valve implant (TAVI) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace the aortic valve in people with aortic valve stenosis.
Aortic valve stenosis — or aortic stenosis — occurs when the heart’s aortic valve thickens and calcifies, preventing the valve from opening fully, which limits blood flow from your heart to the rest of your body. Aortic stenosis can cause chest pain, fainting, fatigue, leg swelling and shortness of breath. It may also lead to heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
TAVI may be an option for people who are at intermediate or high risk of complications from surgical aortic valve replacement (open-heart surgery). The decision to treat aortic stenosis with TAVR is made after you consult with a team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, who work together to determine the best treatment option for you.