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Treatment options

Your treatment options

Up to half of people with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis may die within just 2 years of first showing symptoms if left untreated.

 
There’s no way to prevent heart valve disease (HVD), but you can stay on top of it with routine echocardiograms and different treatment options. Your doctor will choose the best treatment option for you and it’s important you receive it as soon as possible since HVD gets worse over time.

Transcatheter procedure

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.

Open heart surgery

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.

Medical management

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.

How often should diagnosed patients get an echocardiogram?

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.

Severity:Mild

Every 3 to 5 years

Severity:Moderate

Every 1 to 2 years

Severity:Severe

Every 6 to 12 months*

*Every 1-2 years if you have mitral stenosis

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