Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Clinical Update for Nurse Practitioners


      • Aortic stenosis affects more than 2% of the United States population.
      • Early identification and shared decision making of treatment options is essential to quality care.
      • Treatment for aortic stenosis includes transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
      • Nurse practitioner are key members of the patient’s health care team.


      Aortic stenosis is one of the most prevalent types of valvular heart disease in the United States, and nurse practitioners in multiple practice settings can play a vital role in the care of these patients. Early identification and treatment are key to improved patient outcomes. Treatment options have advanced over the last decade and include a less invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The purpose of this article is to improve nurse practitioner’s knowledge of aortic stenosis, discuss treatment options with a focus on transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and provide their patients with an improved quality and longevity of life.


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      Christina Cantey, MSN, CRNP, is a certified family nurse practitioner in structural cardiology and is the valve program coordinator at Huntsville Hospital Health System, Huntsville, AL, and can be reached at [email protected] .