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Severe Aortic Stenosis & Treatment Options

Aortic stenosis (a narrowing of your aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow) is a common public health problem affecting millions of people in the United States.1 It affects up to 7% of the population over the age of 65.2  Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart's aortic valve narrows.  This narrowing prevents the valve from opening fully, which obstructs blood flow from your heart into your aorta and onward to the rest of the body.  Aortic stenosis can become severe with or without symptoms.  Common symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. See more symptoms associated with aortic stenosis.

Severe Aortic Stenosis is a very serious problem. People who have developed symptoms from severe aortic stenosis have about a 50% chance of living 2 years and 20% at 5 years, without aortic valve replacement.2  

*Otto CM. Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84:211-218.

Today, there are multiple treatment options for aortic stenosis.  For people who have been diagnosed with severe symptomatic calcified native aortic valve stenosis and who are high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery, another option is available - transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).  It is a less invasive procedure that does not require open heart surgery.

Learn more about TAVR and who is right for the procedure.

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  1. Bach DS. Prevalence and Characteristics of Unoperated Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2011;20:284-291.
  2. Otto CM. Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84:211-218.