True. And at least in the US, the cardiologist is the one you have a clinic appointment with, the Interventinal cardiologist is the one whondors less invasive procedures (like deploying a stent from groin or arm access point into the coronary artery) and the cardiac surgeon does the open (or somewhat open) surgeries.Please note the term "interventional" prefacing cardiologist in what I wrote
OKAYCaroline, TAVR is much like getting a stent or a cardiac catheterization. They go in through the groin or arm and run a catheter into the heart. Then they insert a new valve inside the old valve and that's it. Done.
You are usually released from hospital next day and driving in a week.
I asked my cardiologist (TAVR specialist) if they can do TAVR in TAVR and he said that is the recommended way to replace a TAVR valve.The problem with giving TAVR to someone who is not so elderly is that when it fails another TAVR cannot be done and so the person will then have to have conventional open heart surgery. In the example of Mick Jagger, who is 75 and apparently very fit and healthy, this may mean that by the time he is less than 85 his TAVR valve may fail and then he will have to have open heart surgery which, him being that much older is more risky - whereas if he had had conventional open heart surgery now with a regular valve with average life ten years, or longer, he could then have TAVR within that valve - a valve within valve procedure which can be done within a regular replacement valve (as long as it is 23mm or more) but not within a TAVR valve.