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, immediate treatment 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.1
In the past, open heart surgery was the only way to replace an unhealthy valve. TAVI was approved in 2008 as an alternative treatment option for people with severe aortic stenosis.
Your doctor will request several tests to determine the best treatment for you. Once your doctor has determined you need aortic valve replacement, they may refer you to a Heart Team at a specialised Heart Centre who can evaluate you for all your treatment options.1
Baumgartner H, Falk V, Bax JJ et al. 2017 ESC/EACTS Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease: The Task Force for the Management of Valvular Heart Disease of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). Eur Heart J. 2017; 38:2739–91.