8 ways to protect yourself from a stroke
More than 130,000 Americans die from strokes each year. Yet most strokes can be prevented with medication and healthy habits.
During this time of public health concern, the Heart and Vascular Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center remains open for appointments, including telehealth or video visits. For all in-person visits, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our locations are safe. We’ve taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected.
To schedule an appointment, call 614-293-ROSS. Visit our COVID-19 page to get the latest information about how Ohio State is handling the outbreak.
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. Don’t wait and don’t risk driving yourself to the hospital.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the heart’s aortic valve to be replaced using a catheter. TAVR is an alternative to traditional open heart surgery.
TAVR benefits over conventional open heart surgery:
If you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis you may be a candidate for TAVR.
Aortic stenosis occurs when the opening of the aortic valve becomes restricted and narrow due to a buildup of calcium on the valve leaflets. Aortic stenosis is most commonly a degenerative condition occurring in patients 65 and older as a result of wear and tear on the aortic valve. To compensate, the heart must work harder to pump blood through the constricted valve, which can weaken the heart.
Aortic stenosis can result in disabling and life-threatening symptoms of congestive heart failure, including shortness of breath, chest discomfort, dizziness or lightheadedness, syncope (fainting), fatigue and swelling.
At Ohio State, you’ll be evaluated and treated by our world-class team of heart valve experts, ensuring that you receive the most comprehensive care available, often as part of a one-step evaluation. Our patients are treated and cared for in the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, which has an entire floor dedicated to patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures such as aortic valve replacement. You’ll be cared for in a private, spacious room by a team of nurses and support staff who are experienced in caring for patients who have undergone a TAVR procedure.