Answers to Common Aortic Stenosis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about aortic stenosis.

Which patients with severe aortic stenosis may benefit from TAVR?

The prognosis for untreated severe aortic stenosis is not good. As points out, people with severe aortic stenosis have a 50% chance of living two years without valve replacement.

While classical aortic valve replacements are very successful, some patients are not good candidates for the open-heart procedure. Aortic valve replacement is still possible through the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

Patients who benefit from TAVR are those who are at high risk for surgical complications, including:

  • Elderly patients
  • Patients with kidney disease and/or insufficient kidney function
  • Patients who have had prior open chest procedures (sternotomies)
  • Patients who have had prior heart surgeries
  • Patients who have had prior lung surgeries

Your doctor may consider other factors to determine if open-heart or transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery is right for you.

For more information about TAVR, talk to your doctor.

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Source: The Premier Heart Associates

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