Memorial’s Structural Heart Clinic provides patients with complex disorders of the heart and heart valves with multidisciplinary, individualized care.
TAVR, which stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, is a procedure in which a catheter is used to insert a replacement valve while the patient’s heart is still beating. The TAVR procedure does not require the chest to be opened and can be completed in less time than open-heart surgery. For most patients, the recovery time is much shorter and carries fewer risks.
The WATCHMAN device reduces stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation. The device is inserted via catheter and seals off the left atrial appendage of the heart, where blood tends to pool and develop clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.