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St. Francis Hospital: Most TAVR Procedures On Long Island

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What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)?

TAVR is a less invasive, catheter-based technique for replacing the diseased aortic valve. An interventional cardiologist along with a cardiothoracic surgeon will work together in the TAVR procedure. They will guide a new valve into the heart through one of several possible access sites, while the heart is still beating, using guidance from X-ray and echocardiography. They may use one of the following delivery approaches: transfemoral (through the femoral artery), subclavian (through an incision under the clavicle), transcaval (through a puncture from the inferior vena cava into the aorta), transaortic (through an incision in the top of your heart) or transapical (through an incision in the bottom of your heart).

St. Francis has performed more than 2,200 TAVRs to date, more than any other hospital on Long Island.


Our participation in two major nationwide studies helped lead to FDA approval for TAVR in patients, who were too ill or elderly to undergo surgery, and then to a younger population of patients.

We were also recognized by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021) as high performing in TAVR, one of ten common adult procedures.

Mitral Valve Therapy

St. Francis Hospital is also a leader in mitral valve repair and replacement. We were the first hospital on Long Island to implant the Mitra-Clip, a catheter-based treatment for patients with symptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too high-risk for surgery. Options for treatment include surgery, clinical and/or research transcatheter mitral valve replacement and repair; as well as, participation in research studies that can preform mitral annuloplasty via catheter.

Two Heart Valve Centers serving Long Island

The John Brancaccio Heart Valve Center at St. Francis Hospital has been such a success that we've opened a second center to more easily serve patients in Suffolk County: The St. Francis Heart Valve Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.

For a consultation in Roslyn, call 1-888-HEARTNY (1-888-432-7869).

For a consultation in West Islip, call (631) 376-4444.