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TAVI: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Imagine being faced with two difficult choices: let your malfunctioning heart continue to deteriorate or face high-risk surgery. That has long been the reality for thousands of Canadians with valve disorders whose surgery would be high risk or need longer recovery recovery times. But advances in valve replacement technology and novel thinking by Sunnybrook health-care experts have been providing patients with new ways to get their lives back, and sooner, since 2009.

Your heart has four valves that act like one-way doors: they let blood flow in and out of different sections of your heart. The aortic valve takes blood from the left side of your heart and sends it out to your body. When this valve becomes narrowed (called aortic stenosis), less blood can be pushed out. Blood can be pushed backwards into your lungs when the valve opening becomes too small and thick. When aortic stenosis is severe, you need a new valve.

TAVI, also known as TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement), is a procedure that gives you a new valve without open heart surgery.


How it works

In the minimally-invasive procedure, a TAVI valve is guided by a catheter through an artery in the upper leg and into the aortic valve in your heart. Once in position, the valve is opened and your old aortic valve is pushed to the side. The tube is removed and pressure is applied to the puncture site. The valve works immediately.


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Refer a patient

Referrals by a physician are required. To see if TAVI is an option for your aortic valve replacement, your cardiologist will need to send a referral to the TAVI clinic to arrange for an assessment. You will then meet with a member of our TAVI team to discuss if TAVI is right for you.

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Location and contact

TAVI clinic

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
A-Wing, 2nd floor, room A208
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: (416) 480-5254
Fax: (416) 480-5404
Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed on weekends and statutory holidays