Clinical DIMENSIONTranscatheter Aortic Valve ReplacementShulaw, Rhoda K. MSN, ACNP-BCAuthor Information Rhoda K. Shulaw, MSN, ACNP-BC, is a recent graduate student from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in Ohio. For the past 5 years, she was employed as a cardiovascular step-down unit nurse at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, until she recently accepted a position as a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Surgery Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her care of patients at Christ Hospital with transcatheter aortic valve replacements drove her desire to research and write about the procedure. She recently passed her nurse practitioner board examinations. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Rhoda K. Shulaw, MSN, ACNP-BC, 2259 Leelanau Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45215 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: November/December 2012 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - p 311-317 doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e31826bc60e Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Symptomatic severe aortic stenosis is a serious life-threatening condition that requires surgical intervention. Until recently, the only available treatment options were through an open-heart surgery technique. A transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement procedure that is available for symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis and who are considered high-risk surgical candidates. It is an effective procedure for individuals with multiple comorbidities and high risk for mortality. This article reviews aortic stenosis and associated morbidity and mortality, treatment options, complications, education, and implications. Severe aortic stenosis is a serious life-threatening disease. This article discusses a relatively new technique for treatment—transcatheter aortic valve implantation. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.