In few areas of medicine have advances in technology made more of a life-saving difference than in cardiac care. TAVR is a less invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at higher risk for traditional surgical options. Previously considered unsuitable for surgery due to other cardiac conditions, previous surgery, the effects of radiation treatment, advanced age, or chronic health conditions, these patients now have additional options for valve replacement. Using a balloon threaded to the heart through a blood vessel, the diseased valve is pushed aside and replaced with a new valve, while the heart continues to beat, avoiding the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. The procedure offers a new lease on life for patients once considered untreatable. Although not all situations are suitable for for the TAVR approach, when appropriate it offers a number of advantages:
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