URMC Cardiology

TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation)

What is a TAVI procedure?

TAVI DeviceTranscatheter 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
  • Physical exam
  • Examples of testing (typically done after the initial visit)
    • Cardiac Catheterization
    • Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
    • Pulmonary function testing (lung testing)
    • Cat scan of your heart and major vessel
    • Blood work

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

Appointment Details

  • 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

Additional Information

  • 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 tavi@urmc.rochester.edu

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. 

More Information
PDF download
ClinicalTrials.gov website
Medtronic website


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