Advancement in medical science has helped us in determining new cure techniques for critical heart diseases like Aortic Stenosis. TAVR is one of the advanced inventions that we are glad bringing it to our patients. Like each treatment TAVR has its own set of procedures and requirements to deliver effective benefits to our patients who wants to procure these treatments. Following is a list of procedures every patient should follow before taking TAVRYou will be treated by an expert ‘Heart team’ of specialists which includes an interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, nurses and some others.
Prepare Before the TAVR Procedure for
Ask your doctor about the maximum amount of physical activity that you can perform and what activity you should avoid before some days of your TAVR.
Your Heart team might advise you to stop taking certain medications up to one week prior to the procedure.
Consult your doctor about any diet recommendations that you have to follow. Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight of the day prior to the procedure.
- Dental Health
As bacteria in the mouth can cause valve infection, it is important that you visit your dentist before your TAVR to check that you have good dental health.
- Recovery Plan
It is important to make prior arrangements on a ride to and from the hospital and arrange for help at home after the procedure.
- Latest Technology
- Non-surgical Procedure
- Faster Recovery
- Shorter Hospital Stay
- Better Quality of Life
- No Chest Scars
- Improvement in Heart Function
- Lesser Pain and Anxiety
Your doctor will evaluate your case by conducting few medical and clinical tests. After evaluation a plan will be made. If the tests confirm that you can go for TAVR, the doctors will give you a definite time for getting this procedure done at the hospital. The tests required include:
This test uses sound waves to produce visible images of the moving heart. This will help in analyzing the condition of the heart and its valves.
CT scans of Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis:
This test helps the doctors to see the size and shape of the blood vessels and the heart.
Catheterization/Angiogram of the Heart:
This test is performed to check the flow of blood in the blood vessels around the heart and also to determine the pressures in the heart chambers.
Pulmonary Function Test:
To check the functioning of the lungs, which is important for understanding breathing issues if there any.
Doppler Ultrasound of the Carotid Artery:
A test to check the flow of blood through the carotid arteries in the neck.
Pulmonary Function Test:
To check the functioning of the lungs, which is important for understanding breathing issues if there anyOther Tests might also include some Blood Tests, Aortogram, a detailed Physical Examination and Frailty Testing: The results of your tests will be reviewed by a Heart Team to decide if you are suitable for the TAVR procedure.
Patients not eligible for TAVR procedure
- Patients with Active Infections
- Patients who can not take or allergic to blood thinners
- Patients allergic to metals or radio-imaging agents