Who is eligible for TAVR procedure?
If you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and your doctor has evaluated the same, TAVR may be a better alternative for you. However only a specialized Heart Team can determine which treatment option is best for you.
Your doctor would need to evaluate and plan for your TAVR case by conducting few medical and clinical tests. You could be admitted to a hospital for carrying out these tests or you can get these tests done as an outpatient. 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:
Echocardiogram: This test uses sound waves to produce visible images of the moving heart. This will help in analysing 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.
Doppler Ultrasound of the Carotid Artery: A test to check the flow of blood through the carotid arteries in the neck.
Other 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.