What to expect with the TAVR procedure
Preparing for your TAVR procedure
If you’ve been told you need an aortic valve replacement, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. To help guide important discussions with your doctor, we’ve compiled a helpful list of questions.
When you consult with your heart team, it’s helpful to have a friend or family member come along to hear the information first-hand, ask questions, and to take notes. It’s also advisable to have a family member or caregiver at home to help for the first few days after the procedure, as you recover.
When you’re contemplating a replacement heart valve, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. To help you talk through all the important details with your doctor, we compiled a helpful list of questions.
To access your heart, your doctor will make a small incision in your artery or blood vessel, most often in the groin, and insert a small, hollow tube, called a catheter.
A new lease on life
Until recently, Allen Brady thought the time he served in Vietnam was the fight of his life. Then he was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. No longer able to do all the things he loved, Allen opted for the TAVR procedure. And that changed everything. “It’s like a new lease on life all of a sudden. It’s like 20 years ago.”
After your TAVR procedure
The time spent in the hospital will depend on how quickly you recover.
Before leaving the hospital, you will be given instructions regarding follow-up office and/or clinic visit appointments. Ask questions if you have any concerns about your new heart valve or medications you’ll be taking.
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