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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a procedure that implants a replacement aortic valve in the heart. Your doctor used a catheter to put in your new heart valve.
After the procedure, you may spend up to a few days in the hospital.
You can do regular self-care (such as cleaning and dressing yourself, going to the washroom without help) within the first day of the procedure. Don't do any hard activities for the next 3 days. Your doctor may give you specific instructions on when you can do your normal activities again.
Your doctor may suggest that you attend a cardiac rehab program. In cardiac rehab, a team of health professionals provides education and support to help you recover and prevent problems with your heart. Ask your doctor if rehab is right for you.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 3/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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