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TAVI: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Your heart has four valves that act like one-way doors: they let blood flow in and out of different sections of your heart. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve in your heart, which causes a decrease in blood flowing throughout your body. 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. Using a catheter, a new valve is pushed into an artery starting in your groin and travels through your artery into the aortic valve in your heart. When it’s in the right place, the valve is opened and your old aortic valve is pushed to the side. The TAVI valve works immediately.

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.

For more information on the procedure, please visit our TAVI guide.

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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