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While still in the hospital, your nurses and the Care Coordination Department are planning for your discharge. They will ask you about your help at home, educate you about any new medications you will now be taking, provide instructions on taking care of yourself at home, and when to make appointments for follow-up care.
A family member, friend or home health care staff must stay with you for the first several days after discharge to assist you in your daily activities.
You will have some pain/discomfort at the incision sites. You may still have some of your previous symptoms after the procedure. It may take a little time for these symptoms to improve and disappear due to other medical problems you may have. Most patients have a better quality of life by their 30-day follow-up appointment and still better at their 6-month follow-up visit. You will have to see your cardiologist again within 60 days before the 1-year anniversary of your TAVR procedure.
Care for the procedure site - when you go home, there will be a bandage (dressing) over the catheter insertion site (also called the wound site).
To get the best results from your TAVR procedure, you must commit to living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your healthcare team can help you reach your goals, but it is up to you to take your medications as prescribed, make changes to your diet, quit smoking, get regular exercise, keep your follow-up appointments, and be an active member of your treatment team.
Following your procedure, you may need to start taking new medications or stop taking some you took before your TAVR procedure.
If you have diabetes, ask your doctor if you need to make any changes to your diabetes medications. Your doctor may adjust your diabetes medications for one to two days after your procedure.
Antiplatelet medication. You will need to take a “baby aspirin” (81 mg) every day. And, for 30 days after your procedure, you may also need to take clopidogrel (Plavix) along with the aspirin or other blood thinner you may be taking. Please tell your cardiologist if you cannot take these medications or if you have recently had problems with bleeding.
For more information about the TAVR procedure and our Cardiovascular Center, please call 818.855.8500 ext. 5691.
At this time, this procedure is performed by Dr. Jahandar Saleh and Dr. Aamer Jamali.