Enjoy Your Golden Years Without Severe Aortic Stenosis
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) gives severe aortic stenosis patients a way to live their best lives. Research has shown that patients who undergo the less invasive TAVR procedure see health improvements within 30 days.1 This means more freedom to do more of what you love.
Other benefits include:
Relief of symptoms
Ability to take care of themselves
Improved heart function
Return to everyday activities
As with any medical procedure, there is a possibility of risks. The most serious risks of TAVR include death, stroke, serious damage to the arteries, or serious bleeding.
Your TAVR Doctor can provide information on what your recovery may be like and what to expect after your procedure.
Generally following a TAVR procedure, you may be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) for a little while or moved directly to a recovery room. Your TAVR Doctor will update your caregiver or loved ones on how you are doing.
Talk to your doctor about how long visitors may be expected to wait before seeing you as well as when you can expect to transition to home care.
Goodbye Severe Aortic Stenosis, Hello Life
After undergoing TAVR to replace her heart valve, Evelyn was back on her feet in no time. See how Evelyn picked up where she left off with friends, family, and her many hobbies.
With the less invasive TAVR, comes less downtime following the procedure. While each person’s recovery from TAVR may be different, it is still important to turn to caregivers for support as you get back to life.
Talk with your caregiver about what you need and how he or she can support you as you write your second act.
Life after TAVR can be exciting. But there are some important things to keep in mind after your procedure:
- You will need to take some steps to help your incision site heal.
- You may have aches and pains, which is a normal part of the healing process. Your TAVR Doctor may prescribe medication to help.
- Make sure you continue your breathing and coughing exercises to keep your lungs clear and prevent complications.
Your TAVR Doctor will provide specific follow-up care instructions for you, which may include cardiac care rehabilitation. Your doctor will let you know if you need this extra support after your TAVR procedure.
Follow up care visits will also be scheduled with either your TAVR Doctor or your general cardiologist. If your follow-up care is with your TAVR Doctor who performed your TAVR, it is important to reach out to your general cardiologist to let them know how the procedure went.
As you get back to life, it is important to call or see your doctor whenever you have questions or concerns, especially if you experience any unusual problems such as bleeding, pain, other discomfort, or changes in your overall health.
Freedom from severe aortic stenosis means freedom to do more of what you love. Connecting with others going through the same experience is not only helpful but may also be reinvigorating. Look for local peer groups to meet and share what it is like to get back to life after TAVR.
Sharing the Best of Life as a TAVR Ambassador
Larry had the TAVR procedure to repair his aortic valve, and now that he’s gone through the process, he provides peer support as a TAVR patient ambassador.
PARTNER 3 trial, low-risk cohort unadjusted clinical event rates, AT population.