It’s likely that you’ll have to remain in hospital for up to five days following a TAVI procedure
Initially, you’ll be under close observation and then, once the medical team are happy you’re well enough, you’ll be transferred to the ward. While you are in hospital you’ll have tests to make sure the implanted valve is working properly and you haven’t developed any additional complications.
These tests may include:
- A physical examination
- Blood tests
- A chest X-ray (CXR)
- An electrocardiogram (ECG). Small sensors are placed on the body and the ECG equipment records electrical signals from your heart. It determines whether the heart is short of oxygen or is damaged
- An echocardiogram of the chest. This technique uses ultrasound to actually see the heart working in real time. A sensor is placed firmly against the skin on the chest and moved around to build up an image of the heart.
Aortic stenosis is a very specific condition and must be
diagnosed by a cardiologist
They will advise you on your options for treatment. In the first instance, you should see your GP or make an appointment to see a cardiologist.