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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

TAVI is an alternative treatment to open heart surgery for patients who require a heart valve replacement.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a new therapy which can be used as an alternative to standard surgical heart valve replacement.

TAVI is performed while the heart is still beating without the need for a bypass or sternotomy.

TAVI is used on patients who are considered to be unsuitable for cardiac surgery (usually due to other underlying health problems - sometimes referred to as 'co-morbidities).

TAVI is still a very new treatment and the availability of the implantation is limited across the country. Within the Network TAVI procedures are currently carried out only at UHNS in Stoke-on-Trent.

More information on TAVI can be found from the British Cardiac Patients Association website.

Additional guidance is also available from The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)