The partnership between the cardiac surgeon and interventional cardiologist establishes the core of the TAVR Heart Team – a care team comprised of specialists from a number of disciplines that work together to facilitate optimal outcomes for each patient. This multi-disciplinary approach to patient care is a critical component in TAVR, as each specialist contributes an important area of expertise that plays an integral role in the collective care process.
Core members of the Heart Team at every hospital selected to offer TAVR must participate in a rigorous training program.
During this comprehensive program, clinicians are trained on appropriate patient selection for TAVR, procedure planning and device preparation. Before doctors are able to perform a procedure, they are required to receive training using a hands-on-simulator and must observe several cases performed by other certified doctors with TAVR experience. This rigorous process has been implemented to ensure the technology is utilized by skilled operators, so that optimal patient outcomes are achieved.