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Aortic Valve Stenosis: Treatment When You Have Other Heart Problems - Topic Overview

If aortic valve stenosis happens along with other heart problems, such as other valve problems, it can affect the decision of when to have surgery to replace the valve.

Other valve problems

The following valve problems might happen along with aortic valve stenosis:

  • Mitral regurgitation: A leaky mitral valve
  • Mitral stenosis: A narrowed mitral valve
  • Aortic regurgitation: An aortic valve that also leaks

How are aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation treated together?

If you have aortic regurgitation in addition to aortic stenosis, replacing your aortic valve will fix both problems. Deciding when to have surgery might depend on which problem is more serious and if you have symptoms.

How are aortic stenosis and mitral valve problems treated together?

Your doctor might suggest a surgery to repair or replace the mitral valve and replace the aortic valve at the same time. But it is more risky to have multiple-valve surgery than to replace a single valve. As a result, treatment of multiple valve problems depends on the combination of problems and which problem is in more urgent need of treatment.

Coronary artery disease

If you have aortic valve stenosis along with coronary artery disease, these heart problems work together to impair the function of your heart and can lead to heart failure. Your heart cannot pump as much blood as normal to the body. And less blood reaches the heart muscle.

If you are going to have aortic valve replacement surgery, your doctor may suggest that you also have bypass surgery for coronary artery disease. Bypass surgery is an open-heart surgery that redirects blood flow around blocked coronary arteries.

Having both surgeries at once can improve your heart's ability to pump blood and improve blood flow to the heart muscle.

If you have had a heart attack, and if your left ventricle is damaged, your heart might not be able to compensate for aortic stenosis. So you might get heart failure sooner. If the heart attack causes significant damage to the heart muscle, valve replacement surgery may not completely restore the heart's function. Damage to the muscle from the heart attack also can increase the risk of valve surgery.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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