Dr Peter Fahmy is one of Australia’s leading Interventional Cardiologists who perform the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation procedure. Patients suitable for a TAVI are usually diagnosed with Severe Aortic Stenosis by a Cardiologist. Aortic Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve from the ventricle into the aorta.
Aortic Stenosis is caused by a build-up of calcium on the Aortic Heart Valve leaflets. The calcification causes the obstruction of blood that flow across the aortic valve. Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis include shortness of breath, a feeling of extreme tiredness or next to no energy gets worse over time. A non-invasive procedure is available to patients who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis.
Dr Peter Fahmy is an Interventional, Structural and General Cardiologist at Norwest Private Hospital. Peter treats patients who experience a range of heart conditions such as:
- Angina (chest pain)
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Chest Pain
- Heart Failure
- Calcified Aortic Stenosis
As a General Cardiologist Dr Peter Fahmy consult patients seeking an appointment for chest pain, tightness in the chest, breathlessness, fatigue or other concerns that make them think things are just not right.
When you see Dr Peter Fahmy he may order the following tests:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG )
An ECG measures the electrical activity generated by the heart as it beats)
An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart to check the function and any valvular issues.
Aortic stenosis is a progressive condition caused by a diseased or degenerated aortic heart valve. The level of degeneration to the valve defines the severity of your symptoms and is categorised as:
- Mild – If you have a mild case of Aortic Stenosis you may not need treatment
- Severe – In severe cases, procedures may be required to repair or replace the aortic valve.
There are three treatment options are available for Aortic Stenosis:
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
- Open-heart surgery
- Monitoring by your Cardiologist or GP
Symptoms of aortic stenosis include:
- shortness of breath
- A feeling of extreme tiredness
- Next to no energy gets worse over time.
Severe aortic stenosis can be life-threatening. If you have been diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, a referral to the Norwest Heart Valve Team for an assessment may be needed.
Dr Peter Fahmy is an accredited practitioner at Norwest Private Hospital who is able to offer a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), a less invasive catheter-based procedure performed in a hospital’s Cath Lab. It was developed to replace a damaged or diseased aortic heart valve with a new aortic heart valve. Patients who need a TAVI procedure are usually diagnosed by a Cardiologist with Aortic Stenosis. Aortic Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve from the ventricle into the aorta. When the aortic valve gets damaged, it restricts blood flow from the ventricle into the aorta making you feel weaker, out of breath and generally unwell.
TAVI is an option for patients who are at a too higher risk for open-heart surgery. Patients who have the TAVI procedure are generally up and walking around in no time, and they are usually discharged from the hospital within 2-3 days.
Heart failure can reduce your quality of life and make everyday activities exhausting. Heart Failure is a condition that makes your heart bigger, weaker, or stiffer.
People who have Heart Failure commonly have other long-term health-related problems such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart)
Heart failure symptoms include:
- swelling in the ankle or lower limb
- a fast or racing heartbeat (palpitations)
- A feeling of being lethargic (sluggish or weak).
Dr Peter Fahmy treats heart failure patients by working with them to improve their heart health and reduce any preventable hospitalisations for Heart Failure.
A Patient Story
View David’s journey to a successful Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
David’s story will help you understand more about what a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation is and how it can improve patients’ quality of life diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. You will hear Dr Peter Fahmy (Interventional Cardiologist) explain the procedure and his patient David after his aortic stenosis become severe and life-threatening.
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What is an Interventional Cardiologist?
An Interventional Cardiologist is a Cardiologist who undergoes further studies to complete a subspecialty of cardiology, a two-year full-time program to explore the prevention, investigation, and therapy of cardiovascular disease
Interventional Cardiologist Dr Peter Fahmy specialises in diagnosing and treating and treating people who have heart disease with catheter-based procedures. Catheter-based procedures are less-invasive than open-heart surgery and offer patients a choice in treatment that was previously not available.
- Balloon angioplasty
- Stent placement
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)