Taking the next step to find out about aortic stenosis treatment may feel overwhelming, but it is important to talk to your doctor about the options available to you.
Once your aortic stenosis becomes severe and you start to have symptoms, treatment right away is important. Your doctor may recommend balloon valvuloplasty (BAV) to relieve symptoms of severe aortic stenosis. However, it is not a lasting solution as the valve will eventually narrow again.
The only effective way to treat severe aortic stenosis is by replacing your valve. This can be done through transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or open heart surgery.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
- TAVR may be an option if you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and are at intermediate or greater risk for open heart surgery.
- TAVR is a less invasive way to replace your aortic valve without requiring open heart surgery.
- During the TAVR procedure, a small tube is used to insert a bioprosthetic valve inside your diseased valve.
- TAVR may shorten your recovery time so you can resume normal activities.
- Talk to your doctor about questions you may have about TAVR and/or its associated risks.