Fall 2019

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News from Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

'A Real Game-Changer'

Suburban Hospital offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an increasing option for patients facing congestive heart failure.

Illustration shows transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly. Physicians insert a catheter in the patient’s leg or chest and guide it to the heart. A replacement valve is inserted through the catheter and guided to the heart. A balloon is expanded to press the valve into place. Some TAVR valves are self-expanding.

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