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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If you're having symptoms and have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, also know known as heart valve failure, you probably have a few questions. And that’s OK. A visit to the doctor's office is about more than listening to what you're told: It’s about getting the information you need so you can make a decision and ask if it's time for TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement).


Waiting too long to act—especially once symptoms start—can cause irreversible damage to your heart, putting your life at risk.1,2


List all of your questions (try to prioritize for time)


Be honest about how you’re feeling—tell your doctor about any new or worsening symptoms


Talk about your treatment options with your cardiologist, including a referral to a Heart Valve Team to help determine if TAVR is right for you3

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Speak up. Ask questions. Waiting around until you feel worse… that’s the worst thing you can do. If you wait, you let the fear win.1

Joy, real TAVR patient

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Only a Heart Valve Team can tell you if TAVR is right for you

If you have heart valve failure, it’s critical to get referred to a Heart Valve Team right away.1

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Heart valve failure is serious. Having the right tools and resources will help you speak up and take action before things get worse.2,4

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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.Malaisrie SC, McDonald E, Kruse J, et al. Mortality while waiting for aortic valve replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;98(5):1564-1571. 2.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. 3.American Heart Association. Updated guideline for heart valve disease spotlights less invasive treatments. Accessed March 7, 2024. 4.Otto CM. Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84(2):211-218.

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