Harvard Heart Letter

No-surgery aortic valve replacement okay for some, not all

Until recently, replacing the aortic valve required open-heart surgery. Now that the FDA has approved  transcatheter aortic valve implantation, or TAVI, a no-surgery technique for replacing a failed aortic valve, many people with aortic stenosis are asking, "Can I get this?" Maybe — the FDA has for now restricted its use to people who are not good candidates for open-heart surgery.
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