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TAVR Procedure Helps Patients with Severely Damaged Aortic Valve

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.



Bill's Story


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