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Aortic Stenosis -- Adult

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by Badash M

(Stenosis, Aortic—Adult; AS—Adult)

 

Treatment

If you have mild AS, your condition will be monitored, but may not need immediate treatment. If you have more severe AS, your doctor may advise you to avoid strenuous physical activity. If necessary, you may be given medications to help prevent heart failure. If needed, you may be prescribed medication, and surgery may be required.

Medications

You may be prescribed vasodilators to widen your blood vessels and/or statins to lower cholesterol.

Surgery

Surgical options include:
  • Balloon valvuloplasty—A balloon device is passed through the arteries to open or enlarge the stenotic aortic valve. This may provide temporary relief of symptoms. But since the valve can become blocked again, this treatment is not a permanent solution.
  • Aortic valve replacement—During this open surgery, the defective heart valve is replaced with either a bioprosthetic valve or a synthetic valve.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement—This surgery also involves replacing the defective valve. But this is minimally invasive surgery that involves inserting the replacement valve through a small incision in the chest or through an artery in the leg.
Aortic Valve Replacement—Mechanical and Bioprosthetic Valve Shown
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RESOURCES

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
http://www.ccs.ca

Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery
http://www.canadianvascular.ca

 

References


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Infective endorcarditis. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/CongenitalHeartDefects/TheImpactofCongenitalHeartDefects/Infective-Endocarditis%5FUCM%5F307108%5FArticle.jsp. Updated August 4, 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014.


Aortic stenosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 18, 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014.


Valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis. Am Fam Physician. 2002;65:2342.

 

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