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Risk of death in people who have aortic valve stenosis with symptoms

Once you have symptoms from aortic valve stenosis, if you don't have the valve replaced, you may dramatically shorten your life span. About 75% to 80% of people who have symptoms of severe aortic valve stenosis die within 3 to 5 years if they do not have valve replacement surgery. In contrast, most people who have valve replacement have a normal life expectancy.1

1Bonow RO, et al. (1998). ACC/AHA guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Committee on Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease). Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 32: 1486–1588.

Primary Medical Reviewer Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

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Last Updated: November 17, 2005
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