FAQs

+ What should I carry with me to the hospital while going for a TAVR procedure?

  1. Copy of Mediclaim Policy
  2. Identity Card
  3. The list of ongoing medications with clear dosage recommendations Clothes to wear on the day of discharge
  4. The choice of toiletries

+What should I not bring to the hospital while getting admitted for a TAVR procedure?

  1. Jewelry or any other valuable goods
  2. Electronic goods such as a mobile phone

+Should I bring anyone with me while getting admitted?

You can come to the hospital alone. But, it is better to be accompanied by a family member or a friend for physical, mental and psychological support during the hospital stay and at discharge.

+Will I feel pain during the TAVR operating procedure?

You will be given medicines before the procedure due to which you will remain asleep throughout the procedure and ideally won’t feel any pain or discomfort. However, you might feel little pain or tenderness at IV line insertion sites. Inform the staff if it bothers you.

+How can a TAVR procedure benefit me?

As the TAVR procedure is less invasive, you may be able to return to routine activity more quickly than an open heart surgery. Patients who have undergone a TAVR procedure report an improvement in their quality of life soon after. Other advantages of TAVR include shorter stay at hospital, no chest scars, immediate relief of symptoms, improvement of heart function, and decreased pain and anxiety

+How Long Will My Valve Last?

The life of your TAVR valve depends on numerous factors and differs for each person. However, its functioning can be checked from time to time through the regular follow-up with your doctor.

+What is a Heart Team?

A Heart Team is a group of specialists including interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, and cathlab staff. All these experts will collectively decide if the TAVR procedure is suited for you or not.

+What are the specifications for MRI post TAVR procedure?

The TAVR Valve is MRI Conditional. It can be safely scanned under the following specifications:

  1. Static magnetic fields of 1.5 and 3 Tesla.
  2. 2500 gauss/cm spatial gradient field.
  3. Normal operating mode with a maximal whole-body SAR of 2.0 W/Kg for 15 minutes as stated on the equipment monitor.
  4. MRI is not recommended in case you have undergone a TAVR inside an old surgically replaced valve.

+Are there any risks involved with TAVR procedure?

As with any other operating procedure, TAVR is also associated with several risks. The most severe risks with the TAVR procedure include:

  1. Death.
  2. Major Stroke.
  3. Major Blood Vessel Complications such as a large clot formation under the skin
  4. Major bleeding events that may prove dangerous to life and need a blood transfusion.

Other risks include (but not limited to):

  1. Heart Attack.
  2. Heart Failure.
  3. Disturbances in your heart’s electrical activity, requiring a pacemaker implantation.
  4. Edema formation
  5. Infection
  6. Injury to the blood vessel
  7. Inability or Difficulty in Breathing
  8. Anemia
  9. Abnormal BP
  10. Problems at the incision site such as pain or change in skin colour
  11. Valve dysfunctioning
  12. Blood leak around the valve
  13. Additional heart or blood vessel surgery requirement

+What are the warnings for a TAVR procedure?

  1. The implanted valve may not last long in patients who have problems with calcium metabolism in their body.
  2. Talk to your doctor if you have allergies of any of the components involved with the TAVR device or procedure.
  3. X-ray exposure may lead to radiation injury on the skin.
  4. Confirm with your doctor in advance whether the device is suitable for your condition.

+What precautions must be taken once a TAVR heart valve is implanted?

  1. Patients should stay on blood-thinning and other medications after the procedure as instructed. Patients who do not are more likely to get a stroke.
  2. TAVR patients who are going for a dental procedure should take antibiotics to decrease the chance of getting an infection.

+Can I have an x-ray after the TAVR is in place?

Yes. It is safe to have x-ray tests done after the TAVR device is in place.

+Can the valves get rust?

No. the metallic portions of the valve are made from corrosion-resistant metals such as cobalt-nickel alloy which do not react with the body or rust over time.

+Will I feel the valve after the procedure?

No, the valve will not be felt after placement.