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Missouri Baptist Medical Center is one of few centers, along with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement to treat high-risk aortic stenosis patients by implanting a new valve either through the ribs or via an artery in the groin. Michael Mauney, MD, MBMC heart surgeon, shows the small, lifesaving device.
The procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is designed for high-risk patients living with severe chest pain, congestive heart failure (including shortness of breath, fatigue, and edema) and other symptoms of aortic stenosis — an age-related heart disease developed when calcium deposits cause the aortic valve to narrow, forcing the heart to work harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening.