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.
If aortic stenosis is so serious, why aren’t more people aware of it?
Many simply confuse these aortic valve stenosis symptoms with normal signs of aging. But actually, 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 when exercising
- Swollen ankles and feet
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Open heart surgery is not the only option for treating severe aortic stenosis. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive alternative for replacing 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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