Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program

The TAVR procedure is a minimally invasive catheter-based treatment option for patients who are considered too ill to survive open-heart surgery to replace aortic valves affected by severe aortic stenosis. In this condition, the valve does not open properly and blood cannot leave the heart chambers to get out to the rest of the body.

Arizona's First Patient for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Using Transseptal Approach is Back to Throwing Pots

Lola Cotton’s first mitral valve surgery served her well for at least five years. “That was a long recovery,” recalled Lola, an 81-year-old resident of Saddlebrooke, Ariz. The minimal invasiveness of the TAVR procedure allowed a faster recovery. “I felt good the first day after my surgery, and went home from the hospital on the third day. Five days later I was back in my pottery studio,” said Lola. Read more.

Meet Our TAVR Team

The TAVR Team at the UA Sarver Heart Center was established in 2012 under the leadership of Dr. Kapil Lotun. Read more.

TAVR Procedure Now an Option for More Patients

More patients with heart valve disease may be candidates for the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure as an alternative to open-heart surgery, since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the patient eligibility criteria. Read more.

Learn About Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve disease occurs if one or more of your heart valves don't work well. The heart has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. These valves have tissue flaps that open and close with each heartbeat. The flaps make sure blood flows in the right direction through your heart's four chambers and to the rest of your body. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health provides informaton and diagrams. Read more.

TAVR Program Celebrates Two Years of Improving Patients’ Lives

The TAVR Program at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center celebrated its second anniversary in 2014. The TAVR procedure is a minimally invasive catheter-based treatment option for patients who are considered too ill to survive open-heart surgery to replace aortic valves affected by severe aortic stenosis. In this condition, the valve does not open properly and blood cannot leave the heart chambers to get out to the rest of the body. Read how patients are celebrating a return to their "normal" lives.

Video: Kapil Lotun, MD, Explains TAVR Procedure

Replacement Valve at Age 96 
Patient received Trans Aortic Valve replacement at age 96.

Catheter Procedure Gives Patients with Aortic Stenosis Lifesaving Valve Replacement Option

For more information or to refer a patient, contact: Kimberly Emmons, CMA
Phone: (520) 694-4686 • Fax: (520) 694-1007 • BUMCTStructuralHeart@bannerhealth.com

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