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SENTINEL: The safest way to have a TAVR

​​​​In traditional TAVR procedures, implanting a new heart valve can scrape loose particles of calcium or tissue, which can travel to the brain causing neurological damage and possibly stroke. 

Recent studies estimate approximately 4 percent of patients experience a clinically-apparent stroke within 30 days of a TAVR procedure.

This risk is why we are one of the first health systems in Wisconsin using new technology that dramatically reduces the risk of stroke during or after a TAVR procedure. 

This technology is called the SENTINEL Cerebral Protection System. SENTINEL captures calcium or tissue that break loose during your TAVR procedure, stopping those particles from traveling to your brain and causing stroke or other damage.

SENTINEL has been shown to:

  • Capture debris flowing toward the brain in 99 percent of TAVR cases
  • Reduce the incidence of stroke by 60-70 percent

Our expert cardiovascular team is highly trained in this new life-saving technology. We take every precaution to protect patients from stroke and ensure the best TAVR experience.

Here's how it works: