Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Dr Peter Fahmy is an accredited practitioner in Australia to perform The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Aortic Stenosis

Symptoms of aortic stenosis include shortness of breath, a feeling of extreme tiredness or next to no energy gets worse over time.

Heart Failure

The symptoms of Heart Failure include swelling in the ankle or lower limb, a fast or racing heartbeat (palpitations), or you may feel lethargic (sluggish or weak)

General Cardiology

Dr Peter Fahmy treats patients who have Angina (chest pain), congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease.

Interventional Cardiology Services

Interventional Cardiologists specialise in diagnosing and treating people who have heart disease with catheter-based procedures.

A Patient Story

Watch 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 the quality of life in patients 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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General Cardiology

Dr Peter Fahmy is a General Cardiologist who treats patients with heart conditions such as:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Valvular Heart Disease

Patients seeking an appointment for General Cardiology usually experience chest pain, tightness in the chest, breathlessness, fatigue or other concerns that make them think things are just not right.

Cardiology Tests

Your Cardiologist may order the following tests:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG )
    An ECG measures the electrical activity generated by the heart as it beats)
  • Echocardiogram
    An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart to check the function and any valvular issues.

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Aortic Stenosis

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.

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TAVI

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation is a less invasive catheter-based procedure that is designed to replace a damaged or diseased aortic heart valve. TAVI is an option for patients who are at a too higher a 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.

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Heart Failure

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
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart)

The symptoms of Heart Failure include swelling in the ankle or lower limb, a fast or racing heartbeat (palpitations), or you may feel lethargic (sluggish or weak).

Dr Peter Fahmy treats heart failure patients by working with you to improve your heart health and seek to reduce any preventable hospitalisations for Heart Failure.

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Interventional Cardiology

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 Cardiologists specialise in diagnosing 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 unavailable.

Interventional Cardiologists perform the most recent advancements in clinical care to open an artery or replace a damaged heart valve. The procedures performed by an Interventional Cardiologist include:

  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • Rotablation
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
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