Patient Stories Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Learn More about What It’s Like to Receive TAVR for Severe Aortic Stenosis, from Medtronic Patients.

These are individual patient experiences. Not everyone responds to TAVR in the same way, and your experience may vary. To understand the benefits and risks of TAVR, please discuss them with your physician.


A busy mom and grandmother, Brenda was having difficulty taking care of her family. Shortness of breath and a lack of energy brought Brenda to her doctors, who determined she had a case of symptomatic severe aortic stenosis and that she was a candidate for a TAVR procedure. Hear Brenda share about how she's able to keep up with her grandkids now. 


Dolores was an active 88-year-old — biking, doing yard work, and taking care of her great-grandchildren. She was diagnosed with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis after experiencing bouts of dizziness. Her physician team deemed her to be at high surgical risk because of her age, and recommended TAVR as recovery would be better. Hear why Dolores says, "I've got living to do!"  


A former boxer, musician, comedian, and aspiring actor, Ron was experiencing advanced symptoms of severe aortic stenosis. Due to these symptoms and the fact that Ron had already had open-heart surgery, his heart surgeon thought TAVR was an excellent option. Once again, Ron is able to enjoy a cherished activity — making music. Listen to Ron’s story (and his singing!).  


When Jan was diagnosed with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis, along with long-standing cardiovascular disease, her cardiac surgeon thought a transaortic approach might be a good option. Hear Jan and her son discuss how family health history impacted Jan’s life and the decision to receive treatment with the TAVR procedure. Jan also shares how she felt within a month of her procedure. 

All medical procedures including TAVR come with risks. Although serious or major complications are rare, they can include:

  • Death
  • Stroke
  • Serious damage to the arteries
  • Serious bleeding
  • Need for permanent pacemaker
Each patient is different and the potential risks and benefits are based on individual treatment and health concerns. Speak to your doctor for more information about what you can expect.

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