Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement TAVR is a procedure done to replace an aortic valve. This procedure is minimally invasive and involves team of specialists. Access is usually obtained in the groin. The catheter will be guided up through the artery to your aortic valve in your heart. Once the catheter is appropriately positioned the valve is deployed and expanded.
Watchman left atrial appendage occluder implantation
Watchman left atrial appendage occluder implantation can be implanted in patients with an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. The Watchman device has an appearance similar to a parachute and is placed in the left atrium. A catheter is inserted and guided to the heart where it crosses the muscular wall to the opening of the left atrial appendage. Once in the correct position it is placed thus sealing off the left atrial appendage and preventing clots from being released.
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure: In a PFO and ASD there is an opening in the two top chambers of the heart allowing abnormal blow flow to occur in the heart. In this procedure a catheter is inserted in a vein and guided to the heart. Intracardiac echo, a special ultrasound imaging technique provides images of the opening. A balloon catheter can also be guided up to the opening and inflated to obtain the measurement of the opening. The closure device is guided through the vein to the opening and deployed thereby stopping the abnormal flow between the two top chambers of the heart.