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Minimally invasive leading-edge procedure

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) for patients who are high- or intermediate-risk for open heart surgery.

Severe aortic stenosis can be a fatal condition if left untreated. If medication management isn’t enough, surgical replacement is likely necessary. The TAVR procedure replaces the diseased valve with an artificial transcatheter heart valve. 


The valve is placed through a catheter that enters the heart from an artery—usually the femoral artery. Once in place, the new valve pushes away the old one and attaches to the leaflets of the diseased valve to keep it in place.

The team at CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute:  
  • Has performed the most TAVR procedures in the state. 
  • Was the first community hospital in New Hampshire to offer TAVR.
  • Was recently recognized for being one of the region’s highest ranked TAVR programs in this year’s U.S. News & World Report (2020).


Celebrating 5 years

with the TAVR team

December 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of our first TAVR procedure at CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute. CMC was the first community hospital in New Hampshire to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement. In the years since, our multidisciplinary team has earned recognition for building a leading TAVR program. Congratulations to all involved!

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Heart Valve Clinic for you?

If you suffer with symptoms of heart valve disease ​the multi-specialty team at our Heart Valve Clinic are committed to finding the best therapies, with a focus on minimally invasive options, and returning you back to a fulfilling life.


Sweet News for Those with Valve Disease

“This candy box is almost as big as Dr. Flynn’s heart,” Ed said with a smile as he posed for a photo with interventional cardiologist James Flynn, MD, FACC, Director of the Cardiac Catherization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology at CMC.

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Heart Valve Clinic Team

Under the direction of Kristin McMahon, RN, Valve Clinic Coordinator, our team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and radiologists collaborate to offer treatment options for patients with heart valve disease.

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