Here are some of the top reasons severe aortic stenosis is dangerous:
By the time it is found in many patients, the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. This is why doctors call it severe aortic stenosis. The aortic valve has a severe build-up of calcium and it has a difficult time opening and closing.
Patients with severe aortic stenosis may find it hard to participate in regular activities like walking to get the mail or climbing up the stairs.
Severe Aortic Stenosis Has a Worse Prognosis Than Many Metastatic Cancers2
Survival Rates For Severe Aortic Stenosis Compared To Metastatic Cancers [% = survival rate after 5 years]
Without aortic valve replacement, only a few people with the disease survive past 5 years. The good news is, there is hope and a less invasive treatment option available for severe aortic stenosis. If you are experiencing symptoms, or if you think you have severe aortic stenosis, talk to your doctor.
Sometimes, fatigue isn’t just fatigue. If you’re having low energy, dizziness, or shortness of breath, it could be severe aortic stenosis, not just normal signs of aging.
These symptoms may mean your body is not getting enough oxygen. Over time, you may feel tired and weak. These may be signs that your severe aortic stenosis has reached a life-threatening point.
Studies have shown that while many patients initially report no symptoms, after closer examination, 32% do have symptoms.4 That is why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
People may notice symptoms like:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fatigue (low energy)
- Lightheadedness, feeling dizzy, and/or fainting
- Difficulty walking short distances
- Swollen ankles and feet
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Taking back your future from severe aortic stenosis is possible without open heart surgery. TAVR is a less invasive way to replace your aortic valve. Explore your treatment options now.
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Using constant hazard ratio. Data on file, Edwards Lifesciences LLC. Analysis courtesy of Murat Tuczu, MD, Cleveland Clinic. 2010.
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