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Our TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) program has completed more than 600 cases since its inception and is recognized as having one of the shortest length of stays in the United States.

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Heart Valve Disease

Every year, more than five million people in America are diagnosed with heart valve disease. Here in the Gulf South, many of those patients seek care at the Heart Valve Center at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI). Our award-winning, nationally ranked team has the talent, experience and innovative equipment required to treat patients with complex native heart valve disease and artificial valvular heart disease. This includes patients with high-risk mitral valve disorders and end-stage aortic stenosis.

Why Heart Valve Disease Treatment at Ochsner?

For hospitals, it’s important to be able to say you were “the first” to do something. It’s impressive to be the “only one” who has done something. But it’s imperative to have “the most” experience doing something. Treating or replacing damaged heart valves is like anything else – the more times you do it, the better you are at it.


Ochsner has performed more than 600 TAVR cases.

The multi-disciplinary team at the Ochsner Heart Valve Center routinely performs a high volume of both traditional and minimally invasive procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR). Across the country and here at Ochsner, this procedure is extending the lives of more and more intermediate and high-risk patients who aren’t candidates for open-heart surgery. Since the program’s inception, Ochsner has performed more than 600 TAVR cases and has been recognized for having one of the shortest lengths of stays in the nation for TAVR patients.

When it comes to matters of the heart, you want experience on your side. You want the Ochsner Heart Valve team at your bedside.

Find Out More About Heart Valve Disease Treatment

To speak to a cardiology nurse who can assist you with making an appointment, call 504-842-3724.​

Know Your Heart

The heart has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral and aortic.

Heart valves can have three basic problems:

  1. Regurgitation (or backflow) – Occurs when a valve doesn't close tightly. Blood leaks back into the chambers when it should flow forward through the heart or into an artery. This happens most often as a result of prolapse. Prolapse is when the flaps of the valve flop or bulge back into an upper heart chamber during a heartbeat.
  2. Stenosis – Occurs if the flaps of a valve thicken, stiffen or fuse together, preventing the valve from fully opening and allowing enough blood to flow through.
  3. Atresia – Occurs when a valve lacks an opening, making it impossible for blood to pass through.

Conditions Treated at the Ochsner Heart Valve Center:

  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Aortic stenosis and regurgitation
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Complex combined coronary artery and valvular heart disease 
  • Failing artificial heart valves 
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Mitral stenosis and regurgitation
  • Pulmonary stenosis and regurgitation
  • Tricuspid stenosis and regurgitation

Heart Valve Disorder Procedures Offered:

  • Aortic valve non-surgical replacement (TAVR)
  • Aortic valve surgical repair and replacement
  • Surgical mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Surgical mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Non-surgical mitral valve repair (Mitra-clip) 
  • Balloon mitral valvuloplasty
  • Surgical pulmonary valve repair and replacement
  • Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement
  • Pulmonary valvuloplasty
  • Paravalvular leak closure
  • Surgical maze procedure
  • Atrial appendage occlusion (Watchman and Lariat devices)
  • Non-Surgical atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure

Diagnostic Tests We Perform:

  • Cardiac catheterization and stenting
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Cardiac MRI) – a state-of-the-art, radiation-free test that lets our doctors see inside your body without having to perform surgery.
  • Cardiac CTA (coronary computed tomography angiography, non-invasive angiograms)
  • Intra-cardiac ultrasound