The TAVR screening process utilizes a patient-focused approach. Our interdisciplinary team represents a strong partnership between cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiac nurses, cardiac imaging specialists, and our valve coordinator to offer our patients the highest level of expertise and care. Not only will the patient meet with an interventional cardiologist, but they will see two separate surgeons to help determine the right approach. CHI Memorial’s interdisciplinary heart team meets weekly to review cases and plan the best approach for each patient.
The screening process for TAVR is extensive, and includes a complete medical history, an EKG, and an echocardiogram. If the patient is deemed to be a good candidate for surgery or TAVR, cardiac catheterization is performed to exclude significant coronary artery disease. A CT of the chest is performed to evaluate the anatomy of the heart.
Other tests may include a CT of the abdomen and pelvis, a chest x-ray, ultrasound of the arteries in the neck, and pulmonary function studies. Additional studies may be ordered by the physicians based on an individual’s specific conditions.