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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TVAR Team at CBHCentral Baptist Hospital is the first hospital in Central Kentucky to perform the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. 

Approximately 200,000 people each year are diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main heart valve allowing blood to leave the heart.  Seventy-five percent of those diagnosed with aortic stenosis are too high risk or not a candidate for open-heart surgery- the standard therapy. Left untreated heart valve disease can reduce a person's quality of life and overall survival.  

A major advancement in the management of heart valve disease, TAVR is a new minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve. During the procedure, a collapsible artificial valve is deployed through a catheter, a long tube that is advanced through an artery in the groin up to the heart. When the artificial valve is in place at the site of the diseased valve, a balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated, opening the new valve, which starts working immediately.

TAVR is a much less invasive alternative to open heart valve replacement surgery. This revolutionary approach is currently offered to treat patients who cannot undergo surgery because they are considered too sick.   

The benefits of TAVR include a shorter procedure, less pain and shorter hospital stay. Recovery time is roughly half that of open heart surgery.


Choosing the right heart valve treatment option is a very important decision that depends on many factors. This decision should be made in close cooperation with your doctor. Some factors you will need to consider when selecting the right treatment for you include:

  •  Benefits and risk of each type of treatment
  •  Your age
  •  Your medical condition
  •  Your lifestyle needs and goals

Watch how this procedure has made a difference with our TAVR patients.



Dr. Azhar Aslam
Dr. Paula Hollingsworth
Dr. Mo Imam
Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Tony Rogers
Cardiac Surgeon

Contact our Heart & Valve Center
Central Baptist Hospital
1720 Building – Building E
Suite 506
Lexington, KY