Heart Center

Phone Numbers

Cardiovascular Services
(803) 791-2053
Vascular Disease Screenings
(803) 461-8980
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Main Campus
(803) 791-2621

LMC Lexington
(803) 358-6180

LMC Irmo
(803) 732-5388

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Meet Our Heart Valve Team (l-r): Jeffrey A. Travis, MD; Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC; Kristen Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN; Robert A. Leonardi, MD, FACC; and Deyanira “Dee” Prastein, MD

Heart Care for People Who Can’t Have Open Heart Surgery

For people with aortic stenosis, the heart valve cannot fully open, and less oxygen-rich blood flows through the body. This condition can create shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness and chest pain. Without treatment, more than half of the people who feel symptoms die within two years, on average.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR, is a less invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for open heart surgery because of their age, history of heart disease or other health issues.

Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain

How It Works

TAVR is performed through a small incision in the groin or chest. During the procedure, a new valve is positioned inside the old, diseased valve while the heart is still beating. The new valve then functions immediately. TAVR is less painful than open heart surgery and can have a significantly shorter recovery time.

State-of-the-Art Treatment at Lexington Medical Heart Center

Combining state-of-the-art technology, clinical expertise and the region’s only Duke Medicine affiliation, the team of experienced cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and cardiovascular anesthesiologists at Lexington Medical Heart Center works together to provide the most advanced treatments and protocols available in medicine.

Is TAVR Right for You?

If you have any questions about TAVR and whether or not it may be an option for you or your loved one, please call Kristen Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN, heart valve program coordinator, at (803) 791-2318.


New Hope
When Open Heart Surgery Isn’t An Option


For people with severe aortic stenosis, such as Joe Fields of Saluda, open heart surgery isn’t an option. But there’s hope with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at Lexington Medical Heart Center. Our experienced cardiovascular team has performed more TAVR procedures than any other hospital in the Midlands, working together to provide this less invasive treatment option. It’s another way we’re combining clinical expertise with the most advanced treatments available to serve you.