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What options are available to people who need AVR but have had radiation damage? 

Are there other options for individuals who have severe calcification of the aorta due to radiation damage and who need valve replacement? Is transplantation the only option? 

submitted by Janet from Florence, Kentucky on 9/12/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  

Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCPMany factors are involved in choosing a conventional approach to aortic valve replacement (AVR).  If by the radiation or other reasons the aortic valve is severely obstructed, consideration of a transapical replacement (TAVR) might be the proper choice.

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