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TAVR Procedure Helps Patients with Severely Damaged Aortic Valve video

In January 2012 Bill Tewes became one of the first people in Wisconsin to undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure that allows correction for patients with aortic valves deemed too damaged for surgery.


Related information: Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Replacement



Diana's Story


Diana Smith is a 92-year-old woman who is active both at home and in her community. She developed an aortic valve problem, but couldn't have open-heart surgery to repair the valve. However, Diana was able to undergo the TAVR procedure, allowing her to resume her busy lifestyle.