Recovery from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is different from open heart surgery.
Research has shown that patients who undergo the less invasive TAVR procedure see health improvements within 30 days.1 That means a lot in terms of quality of life. Other benefits include:
Reduction in symptoms, sometimes right away
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.
It is important to 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.
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Every person’s recovery from TAVR is different—from how long they stay in the hospital to how long it takes to feel normal again. Some people leave the hospital needing only minimal support at home while others may need more caregiving support.
It is important to ask for help as you get back to your life. Talk with your caregiver about what you need and how he or she can best help you.
After you leave the hospital, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- 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 additional and more specific follow-up care instructions for you, which may include cardiac care rehabilitation. To ensure you are recovering as you should, you will have scheduled follow-up visits with either your TAVR Doctor or your general cardiologist, depending on the treatment plan recommended for you.
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 recover, 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.
As you recover from TAVR, it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions. It can help to share your experiences and how you are feeling with others. You might also look for local support groups where you can meet and share with people who know what you are going through.
PARTNER 3 trial, low-risk cohort unadjusted clinical event rates, AT population.