TAVI/ TAVR for Indian patients - a boon for elderly (at Bangalore)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of a severe narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart. It involves the placement of a new artificial valve inside the diseased valve, without the need for open-heart surgery. This procedure has emerged as a game-changer for those with advanced age, frail health, or multiple comorbidities.
India has one of the largest populations of patients with aortic stenosis, and the incidence increases with age. Aortic stenosis is the narrowing of the aortic valve, which reduces the blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. The symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, and fatigue. With the increasing life expectancy, the prevalence of aortic stenosis is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years.
Traditional surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is the gold standard treatment for severe aortic stenosis. However, not all patients are candidates for SAVR, especially the elderly and those with multiple co-morbidities. TAVR is an alternative option for such patients, who are considered to have a high or intermediate surgical risk, and for whom SAVR is not feasible.
TAVR involves making a small incision in the groin or chest, through which a catheter is inserted into the artery, leading to the heart. A balloon is inflated to widen the diseased valve, and then a new artificial valve is implanted via the same catheter. The whole procedure typically takes about 2-3 hours, and the patient can return home within a few days.
TAVR has several advantages over SAVR, including reduced mortality and morbidity rates, faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, and fewer complications. Also, TAVR is less invasive and involves less trauma, which is especially beneficial for elderly and frail patients.
At Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, Dr. Srinivasa Prasad heads a dedicated team of experienced structural heart specialists who are well-equipped to perform TAVR in patients with severe aortic stenosis. We use state-of-the-art technology and advanced imaging techniques to ensure the success of the procedure. Our goal is to provide safe and effective treatment to all our patients, with the aim of improving their quality of life. Currently team is running a special drive for TAVR at discounted price for the select few needy patients (for year 2023)
In conclusion, TAVR is an innovative and effective treatment for severe aortic stenosis, especially for elderly and high-risk patients who are not fit for traditional surgery. If you or your loved one is suffering from aortic stenosis, consult with your healthcare provider to determine if TAVR is a suitable option for you. Remember, a healthy heart is crucial for a healthy life!