Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
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)
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 people, families and carers understand what a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation is and learn how it helped David when his severe aortic stenosis was life-threatening.
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Dr Peter Fahmy consults patients as a General Cardiologist. General Cardiologists treats patients with a range of 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.
At a General Cardiology appointment, your Cardiologist may order an electrocardiogram (ECG) or Echocardiogram. 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. If you have a mild case of Aortic Stenosis, you may not need treatment, but in severe cases, procedures may be required to repair or replace the aortic valve. Three treatment options are available for Aortic Stenosis. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), open-heart surgery or be monitored by your Cardiologist or GP.
Symptoms of aortic stenosis include shortness of breath, a feeling of extreme tiredness or 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 may be needed.
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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 deemed to be at too higher a risk for open-heart surgery. After having a TAVI procedure, you will be up and walking in no time, and patients are usually discharged from the hospital within 2-3 days.
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Heart failure can reduce your quality of life and make everyday activities exhausting. It is a condition that makes your heart bigger, weaker, or stiffer. As a General Cardiologist, Dr Peter Fahmy will work with you to improve your heart health and seek to reduce any preventable hospitalisations for Heart Failure. People who have Heart Failure commonly have other long-term health-related problems such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- 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).
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What is an Interventional Cardiologist?
An Interventional Cardiologist is a Cardiologist who completes a subspecialty of cardiology, a two-year full-time program to explore the prevention, investigation, and therapy of cardiovascular disease
Interventional Cardiologists are leaders in their field. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people who have heart disease by treating patients with catheter-based procedures. These procedures are less invasive than open-heart surgery and offer patients a choice in treatment that was previously unavailable.