For high risk patients suffering with aortic stenosis, open heart surgery can be the only option. But now, there's a new procedure called TAVR. Renown is one of a select group of hospitals across the country to offer a promising new procedure — transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). If you are too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery, or have previously been considered inoperable, TAVR may be an option.

TAVR is an aortic valve replacement procedure where a new aortic valve is placed in the heart using a catheter — going through an incision in the leg — and does not require open-heart surgery.

Dr. Jake Ichino is an interventional cardiologist with Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health. He's taking your calls in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment. To speak with him, dial 858-2222 between 5-6pm tonight.

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