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Choosing TAVR, Surgery or Symptom Management

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.

Depending on what you are considering, booklets in the sections below can 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.

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.

Download in English | Spanish | French

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

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 in English | Spanish | French

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


  • Last Edited 05/31/2018