St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at
St. David's Medical Center (512) 476-7111
St. David's North Austin (512) 901-1000
St. David's South Austin (512) 447-2211
St. David's Round Rock (512) 341-1000
St. David's Georgetown (512) 943-3000
St. David's Rehabilitation (512) 544-5100
Heart Hospital of Austin (512) 407-7000
Heart Valve Clinic at Heart Hospital of Austin

Heart Valve Clinic

Giving new hope to patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Heart Hospital of Austin offers a safe and effective procedure that has given new life and new hope to thousands of patients around the world. The transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure enables the placement of a new aortic valve into the body via a catheter that is inserted through a small incision in the leg or chest, and guided up to the heart through the circulatory system. This new treatment method can offer a much shorter recovery time — one to two weeks, versus six to eight weeks with the traditional sternotomy (open chest surgery).

“This is truly a collaborative approach to valve replacement. By combining the skills and knowledge of both surgeon and cardiologist, we are able to provide additional treatment options for patients suffering from valvular disease.”

Faraz Kerendi, M.D.
Surgical Director, Heart Valve Clinic
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons

To learn more or to find out if you are a candidate, call (512) 407-VALV (8258)

The Benefits of TAVR:

  • Performed without stopping the heart
  • No need for cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Minimally invasive procedure that can result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time

Qualifications for Potential Candidates:

Patients with severe aortic stenosis with a history of:

  • Previous sternotomy
  • Previous radiation to the chest
  • Porcelain (calcified) aorta
  • Cerebral or peripheral vascular disease, lung disease, chronic kidney disease, or other coexisting medical conditions

The leaflets of a stenotic or calcified aortic heart valve are unable to open wide, obstructing blood flow from the left ventricle into the aorta which may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath.

What is a Severe Aortic Stenosis

Severe aortic stenosis is a condition in which the opening of the aortic valve becomes narrow, restricting blood flow from the heart. Symptoms include chest pain and chest pressure. It can also cause blood to back up into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath. It often develops debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal day-to-day activities, such as walking short distances or climbing stairs.

“Over time, the valve can become calcified, preventing it from opening and obstructing blood flow. Open-chest surgery is the traditional treatment method for this condition, but catheter-based valve replacement gives hope to patients who cannot undergo surgery for a variety of reasons.”

Juhana Karha, M.D.
Medical Director, Heart Valve Clinic
Interventional Cardiologist, Austin Heart

Image of new valve implanted in aorta after successful 
TAVR procedure. Proper blood flow is restored.

Heart Hospital of Austin’s quality outcomes and technologically advanced facility lend to the many reasons it is among the first hospitals in the nation selected to receive and treat patients with the TAVR technology since its FDA approval.

The Heart Valve Clinic at Heart Hospital of Austin Celebrates a Successful Year!

Heart Hospital of Austin is the only hospital in the region
5-Star rated for valve surgery by HealthGrades.
Heart Valve Clinic Center Of Excellence Logo
HealthGrades 2012

Thomas Reuters 50 Top Cardio Hospitals 2013

Awards & Recognition

Heart Hospital of Austin named Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the nation for the 7th year by Truven Health Analytics


Heart Hospital of Austin named among the Top 5% of hospitals in U.S. for clinical excellence by HealthGrades


Heart Hospital of Austin ranked as the #1 Cardiac Program in Texas for six consecutive years by HealthGrades


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