Shared Decision-Making

Aortic Stenosis: TAVR/SAVR

Aortic stenosis is a tightening of the aortic valve in the heart. If you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, you may have to decide whether to fix your valve. Treatments may include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), surgery or symptom management.

Use these booklets to help you understand your condition and learn about your options. You, your family, and your clinicians can begin to talk about what decision is best for you.


For Patients With Intermediate or High Surgical Risk

If you have been told that TAVR or surgery — also called surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) — are options for you or your loved one, use the decision aids below to help decide which treatment might work best for you.

Booklet: This booklet (in PDF format) will help you understand what aortic stenosis is and what treatment options are available to you.

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Video: This video is for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are deciding between TAVR and open-heart surgery.


For Patients With Prohibitive Surgical Risk

If you have been told that TAVR or symptom management are options for you or your loved one, use the decision aids below to help decide which treatment might work best for you.

Booklet: This booklet (in PDF format) will help you understand what aortic stenosis is and what treatment options are available to you.

Download PDF

Video: This video is for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are deciding between TAVR and symptom management.

Infographic: Heart Valve Disease

Available in French

The TAVR/SAVR decision aids are available in French. For patients with severe aortic stenosis who have:

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If you've been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, use these worksheets to help you decide what to do.
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