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Your recovery will happen gradually. Realize that everyone is different and your recovery may take longer than you expect it to. Enlist the help of a friend or loved one to assist you in the first several days following your discharge. They can help you manage medications, prepare meals and do light housework, run errands, drive, and attend follow-up doctor visits. Below is important information you should know for your recovery.
Following your procedure, you will be given temporary copies of the “New Heart Valve” card.
People who have valve replacements are at risk for developing infective endocarditis (IE), a deadly infection that affects the valves of the heart. To protect your new valve and prevent IE, you will need to:
It is very important to make sure you follow-up with your health care providers after the TAVR procedure as part of your recovery. Some of your follow-up visits will be scheduled for you before you leave the hospital. Your heart team will check on your progress and ensure your heart is working as it should. Visits with your cardiologist should include:
To get the best results from your TAVR procedure, you must commit to living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your health care 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.
As you recover from your procedure, it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions. It can help to share with others about your experiences and how you are feeling. Find a friend or loved one who you are comfortable with and share how you are feeling. Go out socially, and visit friends when you feel ready. You might also look for local support groups where you can meet people who know what you are going through and help you talk about your emotions as you recover. The following resources may also be helpful:
For more information about the TAVR procedure and our Cardiovascular Center, please call Program Manager Carlyn Fostakowski, NP, at 818.855.8500 ext. 5691.
This procedure is currently performed at Northridge Hospital by Dr. Jahandar Saleh, Dr. Aamer Jamali, and Dr. Vasim Lala.