The narrowing of the aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow.
Heart valve disease often occurs with no outward symptoms and may go undetected. Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious problem. Without treatment, half of the people who feel sick from this problem die within an average of two years.
TAVR – A recently approved procedure for high-risk or inoperable patients that allows a new valve to be implanted where the native calcified valve currently is. TAVR does not require the chest to be opened up or the heart to be arrested during the procedure.
AVR – the most common treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis. During open heart surgery, a surgeon removes the diseased native valve to implant an artificial valve in its place.