Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Your aortic valve opens to allow oxygen-rich blood to leave your heart and flow through your body. When the aortic valve becomes narrowed or stiff (known as aortic stenosis), you need a replacement valve.

Many people with aortic stenosis are eligible for a minimally invasive approach called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). In TAVR, doctors use a thin tube (catheter) to replace the damaged aortic valve. TAVR has a shorter recovery time than open-heart surgery, the traditional method of valve replacement surgery.

Leading New Jersey TAVR Team

Englewood Health TAVR team
Front Row: Adam Arnofsky, MD, Aron Schwarcz, MD, Molly Schultheis, MD, Robert Ferrante, MD, Denise Goldstein, APN, Raena Kidangan, APN, and Omar Hasan, MD. Back Row: Ramin Hastings, MD, Richard Goldweit, MD, Michael Benz, MD, Lance Kovar MD, Yasuhiro Aoki, and Joseph De Gregorio, MD.

Englewood Health has one of New Jersey’s most experienced TAVR programs, performing more than 600 procedures since 2011. Our large volume of successful TAVR cases means we have the expertise to offer you the highest level of care.

Our nationally renowned and skilled TAVR team members include cardiac imaging specialists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other specialists. Together, they’ll review your situation to find the best procedure for you.

It’s not just our advanced training and skills that make the difference: We truly bring a patient-first mindset to our practice and believe that’s what results in the best care for you.

Dr. Richard Goldweit

It takes 10 seconds to put in that new valve. Ten years ago, that was a dream. And compared to prior treatment options for aortic stenosis, TAVR is much less invasive, the recovery is much quicker and the patient generally goes home the next day.

Dr. Richard Goldweit, Chief of Interventional Cardiology

Am I a Candidate for TAVR?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new indications for TAVR, meaning more people are now candidates for this procedure. With FDA approval expanding to low-risk patients, the heart team at Englewood Hospital can take into account your preferences in addition to risk factors and other considerations when reviewing treatment options. Speak with your doctor or contact us to find out whether you’re eligible.

What to Expect During the TAVR Procedure

You’ll receive thorough guidelines on what to expect during your TAVR procedure. A typical procedure follows these steps:

  1. Pain management and IV medications: You receive sedation or general anesthesia. Our team will also give you medication through an intravenous line to prevent blood clots.
  2. Incision: We make a small incision, usually in the groin. Some patients may require an incision in the chest or shoulder.
  3. Catheter insertion: We insert a short tube (sheath) into the incision, then insert a long tube (catheter) through the sheath into your artery. Your doctor uses X-ray and ultrasound imaging to move the catheter to reach your aortic valve.
  4. Valve insertion: Your new valve is compressed on a balloon to make it small enough to fit through the sheath. Your doctor guides the new valve forward to your narrowed valve.
  5. Valve placement: We expand the new valve, pushing the flaps, or leaflets, of your damaged valve aside. The frame of the new valve is very strong, and it uses the leaflets of your old valve to secure it in place.
  6. Valve and sheath removal: We remove the valve delivery device. Your doctor ensures that your new valve is working properly before removing the sheath and closing the incision.
  7. Recovery: You’ll spend the night in the hospital for monitoring. Depending on your situation, you most likely will return home the next day. Your doctor will prescribe blood-thinning medications to prevent clots. We’ll support you during recovery with regular follow-up appointments.

TAVR Team Members

Adam Arnofsky, MDAdam Arnofsky, MD

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Full profile

Michael Benz, MDMichael Benz, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Joseph De Gregorio, MDJoseph De Gregorio, MD

Executive Director of Cardiovascular Services | Full profile

Denise Goldstein, APNDenise Goldstein, APN

Valve Clinic Coordinator | Full profile

Richard Goldweit, MDRichard Goldweit, MD

Chief of Interventional Cardiology | Full profile

Omar Hasan, MDOmar Hasan, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Ramin Hastings, MDRamin Hastings, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Raena Kidangan, APN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery | Full profile

Lance Kovar, MDLance Kovar, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Molly Schultheis, MDMolly Schultheis, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon | Full profile

Aron Schwarcz, MDAron Schwarcz, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Cara Sullivan, APN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Hartaj Virk, MDHartaj Virk, MD

Interventional Cardiologist | Full profile

Michael Wilderman, MD

Vascular Surgeon | Full profile