Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an increasingly common minimally invasive procedure for people with aortic valve stenosis. While this procedure improves heart function, older adults who undergo TAVR often fail to show functional improvement or demonstrate functional decline. This short module provides a brief overview of the procedure, expected outcomes, and impact on patient function in the acute recovery process, highlighting the role of rehabilitation professionals in optimizing outcomes.
Section 1: The TAVR Procedure
Nicole Fogarty holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. She has experience treating patients with cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, and neurological impairments in the inpatient setting. She also has experience in outpatient orthopedics with additional training in medical screening and lumbopelvic examination and treatment. Nicole enjoys using her clinical experience and interest in current rehabilitation research as a Physical Therapy writer for Relias. Disclosure: Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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