If you’ve been diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis or another type of severe heart valve disease, your doctor may recommend a transcatheter procedure. It’s a less invasive way to repair or replace your valve using a small tube, typically inserted in your leg, instead of an incision across your chest.
Your doctor may recommend open heart surgery, which requires an incision to get to your valve and replace it. The incision is usually the full length of your chest, but sometimes it can be smaller. Once the incision is made, your old valve is removed and a replacement is surgically inserted.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate heart valve disease, your doctor may suggest monitoring your condition with regular follow-ups. Make sure to let your doctor know if your symptoms get worse or change and remember to get an echocardiogram every so often since heart valve disease gets worse over time.
If you’ve already been diagnosed, it’s still important to get an echocardiogram every so often since heart valve disease gets worse over time.
Ask your doctor when it's an appropriate time for another echocardiogram.
|Every 3 to 5 years|
|Every 1 to 2 years|
|Every 6 to 12 months*|
*Every 1-2 years if you have mitral stenosis