Aortic stenosis

enjoyingspringJune 13, 2013

My Mother who is 92 was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, her aorta is only .6 cm wide, it should be 3-4 cm. Plus some of her arteries are blocked. How long can a person live with this without intervevyion. She is very frail so any type of operation is out of the question. I have asked her doctor but he never gives me a straight answer.

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There is a very high rate of mortality (~60% within 2 years of diagnosis) associated with critical aortic stenosis. Her coronary disease does put her at elevated risk for surgery and intervention. She may, however, be a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) depending upon her overall condition. The team at Columbia in NY is among the most experienced in the US. If you don't live in the NY area they can likely help find you a nearby center for evaluation as they led the US FDA approval study of the Edwards Sapien Valve.

Here is a link that might be useful: TAVR link

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 1:55AM
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