The South Texas Heart Valve Center is the only private hospital-based clinic to offer all commercially available valves for the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a significantly less invasive type of heart valve surgery as the heart valve is replaced without having to open the chest cavity. Our highly skilled team can insert the valve via the femoral artery or also use a transapical approach whereby a small incision is made between the ribs on the left lower chest, and the replacement aortic valve is inserted directly into the heart. This new approach allows for the shortest and most direct route to the diseased valve resulting in a shorter procedure (two hours versus four or five), and a shorter recovery time.

Since TAVR is much less stressful than open heart valve replacement, it is an exciting new option for older or non-operative patients who are not good candidates for more invasive surgery. Benefits of TAVR include healthier heart outcomes and better quality of life for patients who previously had no option.

Read Juan Abrego's story.


“I thought I wanna live long enough to tap dance again, so I did.”

At 93-years-old Jeanne Froman proves age is just mind over matter. With the help of Dr. Jorge Alvarez, Cardiologist at Methodist Heart Hospital, Jeanne was back on her feet and dancing in no time! Watch to learn how the TAVR procedure saved her life.


Now accepting referrals

The following physicians are part of the team of specialists who will collaborate with you about your patient’s needs. Each physician is an independent practitioner not employed by Methodist Hospital or by the South Texas Heart Valve Center:

Metronic TAVR in Low Risk Patients Clinical Trail

Do you have severe aortic stenosis? Severe aortic stenosis clinical trial is now enrolling.

Severe aortic stenosis clinical trial - now enrolling - learn more.