If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you love is considering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or is already scheduled for the procedure. When I first learned I needed heart valve replacement, I felt unprepared. I was scared, especially of all the unknown. The diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis was completely new to me: my doctor told me the flow of oxygenated blood from my heart to the rest of my body was restricted because my aortic valve wasn’t opening normally. The condition is life-threatening, and the treatment is to replace the heart valve.
I’ve learned so much since then, and now as a patient advocate, I love making life a little easier for others who are just starting out on the patient journey. A question that comes up often: What do I pack for the hospital? Patients who recently had the TAVR procedure are a great source for the inside scoop on how to pack for your short hospital stay.
So, let’s take one thing off your to-do list: Deciding what to pack for the hospital. Print off this article, add any items you wish, and put a copy in your suitcase for safe keeping.
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