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How is aortic stenosis treated?

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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Surgery - Thoracic 20 years experience
Surgery vs Meds: Initially aortic stenosis (as) is treated with medications, but when the heart begins failing due to it as well as a few other parameters, it is time to think about surgical valve replacement. This can be done either as a traditional open heart operation or in some cases now percutaneously without having an incision.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Aortic stenosis: If critical, then aortic valve replacement.
Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Age dependent?: Infants with aortic valve stenosis go to the pediatric cath lab for balloon dilation of the valve. The balloons are small, shaped like a hotdog, are positioned across the stenotic valve then quickly inflated and deflated to open the valve. A second procedure we do for kids is called the "ross procedure" where a patient's pulmonary valve is moved to the aortic and a graft replaces the pulm valve.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is an aortic stenosis?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 17 years experience
A valve problem: Aortic stenosis is a hardening of the last valve in the heart; this valve is the last thing blood passes through before it is sent out to the body. As you would expect, this valve is called the aortic valve. Symptoms of aortic stenosis can include chest pain, passing out and heart failure symptoms. The treatment of severe aortic stenosis is almost always surgical.

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