Heart Care Centers of Florida
Interventional Cardiologists located in Titusville, FL & Merritt Island, FL
If you develop valvular heart disease, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), can replace the damaged valve and reduce your risk of more serious complications. At Heart Care Centers of Florida, the experienced providers regularly perform TAVR using safe and effective techniques. To make an appointment at the practice in Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, or Merritt Island, Florida, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
TAVR Q & A
What is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)?
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces a diseased heart valve with an artificial replacement. Instead of removing the diseased valve and replacing it altogether, your surgeon inserts an artificial valve inside the damaged one. Following TAVR, the artificial valve takes over, reducing the risk of more serious cardiovascular issues.
Who can benefit from TAVR?
At Heart Care Centers of Florida, the team uses TAVR to treat a group of conditions called valvular heart disease. Your valves allow nutrient-rich blood to flow through the chambers of your heart, but if they don’t close properly or they leak, it can result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of heart valve disease include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
If you experience these and other similar symptoms regularly, make an appointment at Heart Care Centers of Florida right away.
What does TAVR involve?
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that occurs at a hospital or surgical facility.
On the day of your operation, you change into a gown and lie down on an exam table. Your surgeon administers IV anesthesia that puts you to sleep. Once you’re comfortable, your surgeon makes a small incision in your chest.
Next, your surgeon inserts a thin tube called a catheter into one of your arteries and uses ultrasound imaging to guide the tube to your damaged heart valve. Once the catheter is in position, your provider guides a replacement valve through it. The replacement valve rests inside your damaged valve, allowing blood to flow through your heart smoothly.
Your surgeon tests the replacement valve to ensure it properly regulates blood flow. Then, they remove the catheter, close the incisions, and move you to a recovery room for observation.
What is recovery like after TAVR?
Following TAVR you stay in the hospital for two or three days. During that time, take your medication as prescribed, get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids. When you’re discharged from the hospital, your surgeon provides you with recovery instructions for home. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure to attend each of your follow-up appointments.
If you develop any symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, or increased drainage from the incision site, contact Heart Care Centers of Florida right away.
To see if you’re a candidate for TAVR, request a consultation at Heart Care Centers of Florida by calling the nearest office today or clicking the online booking feature.
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