Meet Rick

As an army doctor, cardiac surgeon, and lead guitarist, Rick served his country and fellow man, understanding the importance of trusting teams. See why he trusted his Heart Valve Team and TAVR by Edwards to fix his heart valve failure.

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Life is still calling. If you have severe aortic stenosis (heart valve failure) and are experiencing symptoms—don't let fixable become fatal.1

Take action with TAVR

With heart valve failure, don't wait too long.
Without treatment:

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1 in 10 people experiencing symptoms may die within 5 weeks if they don’t fix their failing valve2

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1 in 2 people experiencing symptoms may die within 2 years without a valve replacement1

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It only gets worse the longer you wait2

It's understandable to want to wait, but waiting too long to treat your heart valve failure can cause irreversible heart damage and put your life at risk.2,3 If you are experiencing symptoms, ask to be referred to a Heart Valve Team. Find one here.

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Go all in on TAVR

It's good to know TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a minimally invasive way to treat heart valve failure. Most patients have a short recovery time and return home the next day.4,5

Over 98% of TAVR recipients did not require a valve reintervention after 10 years of receiving their valve.*6

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*Based on Medicare claims data which may underestimate the actual event rate.

Join Heart Valve Strong

Heart valve failure is serious. Having the right tools and resources will help you speak up and take action before things get worse.1,3

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Real patients share their stories

Hear real patients share their experiences with heart valve failure—and what helped them choose TAVR.

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References: 1.Otto CM. Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84(2):211-218. 2.Malaisrie SC, McDonald E, Kruse J, et al. Mortality while waiting for aortic valve replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;98(5):1564-1571. 3.Otto CM, Nishimura RA, Bonow RO, et al. 2020 ACC/AHA guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2021;143(5):e72-e227. 4.American Heart Association. Newer heart valve surgery options. Accessed March 7, 2024. 5.Grubb KJ, Gada H, Mittal S, et al. Clinical impact of standardized TAVR technique and care pathway: insights from the Optimize PRO study. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2023;16(5):558-570. 6.Baron SJ, Ryan MP, Chikermane SG, et al. Long-term risk of reintervention after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Am Heart J. 2024;267:44-51.

Patients and/or clinicians quoted on this website have received compensation from Edwards Lifesciences.