Life after TAVI / TMVR
Life after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) can vary from person to person, but in general, TAVI is designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with aortic valve stenosis.
Here are some aspects to consider:
Symptom Relief: One of the primary goals of TAVI is to relieve the symptoms associated with aortic valve stenosis, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness. After a successful TAVI procedure, nearly almost all patients experience an improvement in their symptoms and overall well-being.
Recovery Period: The recovery period after TAVI is typically shorter compared to traditional open-heart surgery. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days (<5-7 days), depending on their individual condition.
Follow-up Care: Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress after TAVI. These appointments may include imaging tests (such as echocardiograms) to evaluate the functioning of the implanted valve and check for any potential issues.
Medications, such as blood thinners or antiplatelet drugs, would be prescribed to prevent blood clots or manage other underlying conditions.
Long-Term Outlook: TAVI has shown positive outcomes in terms of improving quality of life and reducing symptoms. However, it's important to note that the longevity of the implanted valve can vary depending on factors such as the type of valve used and the patient's individual circumstances. Regular follow-up appointments and discussions with your healthcare provider will help assess the long-term outcomes and determine if any further interventions or monitoring are necessary.
Lifestyle Changes: While TAVI can greatly improve symptoms, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to optimize long-term outcomes. This may include regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, weight management, and smoking cessation. Your healthcare team can provide guidance on specific lifestyle modifications tailored to your needs.
In general, Post-TAVI, patients can lead normal life.