TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation)
What is a TAVI procedure?
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is used to treat severe Aortic Stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve becomes narrowed, obstructing the outflow of blood from the heart and thereby requiring the heart to work harder to pump blood around the body.
TAVI is a procedure performed using the Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) or the Medtronic corevalve heart valve. These are artificial heart valves designed to be inserted into your heart so that it holds open and replaces your diseased aortic valve. They consists of a metal stent which secures the device in its intended position inside your own valve, and valve leaflets to direct the flow of blood out of your heart.
TAVI now offers effective treatment to patients who are at either higher risk or unable to undergo conventional open heart surgery. It is also intended to prevent further damage to the heart from Aortic Stenosis and to prolong life, which medical therapy cannot do
Evaluation at the URMC Valve Clinic
All patients are evaluated by a group of physicians in the URMC valve clinic and is designed specifically to evaluate patients with structural heart disease such as aortic stenosis.
What's included in the evaluation
Thorough discussion of your past medical history and current medical status
Discussion of possible treatment options
Examples of testing (typically done after the initial visit)
Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
Pulmonary function testing (lung testing)
Cat scan of your heart and major vessel
Who you will meet
Our valve clinic coordinator, who will assist you with arranging all of your appointments
An interventional cardiologist: a physician who specializes in procedures of the heart
A Cardiac surgeon: Heart Surgeon
URMC Valve Clinic Team
Coordinators: Betsy Melito, NP; Melissa Cole, PA; Jemma Stewart, NP; Chris Wille, NP
Interventional Cardiologists: Dr. Fred Ling, Dr. Craig Narins
Cardiac Surgeons: Dr. George Hicks, Dr. Peter Knight
Your initial appointment with the physician will take about two hours
Please bring a list of all your medications including dosages and a list of any questions
You are highly encouraged to bring a family member or friend to the appointment
Directions to Paul Yu Heart Center (Cardiology Department within Hospital)
Enter Strong Memorial Hospital on the first floor (Lobby)
Take silver elevators down one floor to the ground floor
The Paul Yu Heart Center is located to the right
The parking department offers valet parking for an additional $1.00. Total parking cost is $6.00
All doors are wheelchair accessible
Ambassadors are available at the main entrance to assist patients and families
Any questions or concerns please call
Betsy Melito, NP (Valve Clinic Coordinator) at 585-275-0908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Medtronic SURTAVI Trial at the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester Medical Center has been selected to participate in a clinical trial to study treatment of aortic stenosis through transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for patients with intermediate risk for surgical aortic valve replacement.
One Center, One Phone Number.
Call us at (585) 275-2877.