Keeping your heart in mind
Questions to ask your doctor
Like with any procedure, the recovery process is a different for everyone. How quickly you recover and return to your daily routine will depend on your overall state of health. Based on your specific situation, your doctor will be able to help you set realistic expectations. Here are some of the questions most TAVR patients ask:
- How long before I’ll be back in my usual daily routine?
- When can I return to my usual level of physical activity?
- Will I need to modify my diet or medications?
- Are there activities I should avoid?
After your TAVR procedure, there are some important things to remember.
Medications: Call your doctor if you encounter any problem with medications. Do not stop taking any of the prescriptions without first talking to your doctor.
Identification card: You will receive an identification card with information about your heart valve. Always carry this card with you. Be sure to share this information with all of your healthcare providers.
Post-procedure doctor visits: Successful recovery requires keeping scheduled visits with your doctor. Your doctor will check your heart function, your healing, and your overall health. You can expect to schedule follow-up appointments 30 days and one year after your procedure. But there’s no need to wait for an appointment if you experience discomfort, or changes in your health.
Go to an emergency room or call 911 if you experience any of the following:
- Chest pain or trouble breathing
- Sudden numbness or weakness in your face, arms or legs
- A bowel movement that is dark black or bright red
- Dizziness or fainting
- Increased swelling in your hands, feet or ankles
- Shortness of breath that doesn’t get better by resting