Structural Heart and Valvular Disease Program: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Aortic valve stenosis occurs when the heart's aortic valve narrows. This narrowing prevents the valve from opening fully, which obstructs blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. This narrowing is a progressive, life-threatening condition that affects up to 7 percent of Americans over age 65. Aortic stenosis can cause chest pain, fainting, fatigue, leg swelling and shortness of breath. It may also lead to heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be an option if a patient has aortic stenosis that causes the above symptoms.

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure used to replace a diseased aortic valve that fails to open properly. TAVR may be an option for patients who are considered at intermediate or high risk of complications from traditional open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement. TAVR may also be the only treatment option in patients who cannot undergo open-heart surgery. The decision to treat aortic stenosis with TAVR is made after consultation with our multidisciplinary team of heart specialists who work with patients to determine the best treatment option. The UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville multidisciplinary TAVR team represents a strong partnership including cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular imaging experts, offering patients the highest level of expertise and care.

Unlike traditional open-heart aortic valve replacement, which involves surgically opening the chest to replace a patient's aortic valve, the minimally invasive TAVR is done through x-ray guidance using small punctures or incisions. The TAVR procedure uses a catheter to insert the new valve. The most common approach to insert the catheter is through a large artery in the groin (femoral artery). Patients who undergo a minimally invasive TAVR procedure experience less down time, faster recovery and often a shorter hospital stay than patients undergoing traditional open heart surgery.

Why Choose UF Health Jacksonville

UF Health Jacksonville is a leader in minimally invasive procedures. Each patient receives a custom treatment plan designed for optimal outcomes. As part of the leading academic medical center in the Southeast, the UF Health Jacksonville Cardiovascular Center offers more treatment options than other facilities and performs hundreds of procedures a year. As a patient at UF Health Jacksonville, you benefit from academic, leading-edge research and treatments.

Jacksonville TAVR Procedure Specialists

  • Theodore A. Bass, M.D.
    Professor
    Chief, Division of Cardiology; Medical Director, UF Health Cardiovascular Center - Jacksonville
    Specializes in Cardiovascular Disease; Interventional Cardiology
  • John Pirris, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  • Daniel Soffer, M.D.
    Associate Professor
    Medical Director, Endovascular Cardiology
    Specializes in Cardiovascular Disease; Interventional Cardiology

TAVR Program Locations

  1. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Emerson

    Suite 120
    4555 Emerson Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32207

  2. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville

    5th Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
    655 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

  3. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – North

    Suite 3600
    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218