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  1. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Medications

    You may need to take medicines to prevent and treat complications of aortic valve stenosis. If you have valve replacement surgery with a man - made (mechanical) valve, you also will need to take blood - thinning (anticoagulant) medication (such as heparin or warfarin [for example, Coumadin]) for the rest of your life. These medicines prevent blood clots from forming around the valve. Some doctors

  2. Aortic Valve Stenosis - What Increases Your Risk

    Certain medical problems or conditions make it more likely that you will develop aortic valve stenosis:Calcium buildup. Aging can cause calcium buildup around the aortic valve, which can make the normally thin and flexible valve flaps thick and stiff. This is also called calcific aortic valve stenosis. It is unclear why some people develop calcium buildup while others don't. This calcium buildup .

  3. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Living With Aortic Valve Stenosis

    How you will feel and how aortic valve stenosis will affect your life will vary greatly depending on whether you have symptoms and the treatment decisions you make.If you have no symptomsYou may be surprised when you first learn that you have aortic valve stenosis because you may not have symptoms. In fact, you may even have quite severe stenosis and still not feel any symptoms or show physical ..

  4. Aortic Valve Stenosis - When to Call a Doctor

    If you experience any of the symptoms of aortic valve stenosis, such as chest pain, fainting, or shortness of breath, call your doctor immediately. Aortic valve stenosis generally does not cause symptoms until the condition has become quite severe. The longer you try to live with symptoms of stenosis and its complications without seeking medical attention, the more you risk suffering permanent ...

  5. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for aortic valve stenosis usually depends on whether you have symptoms. If you have symptoms, surgery to replace the aortic valve is usually required. In most cases, if you have symptoms, the risk of not treating aortic valve stenosis is higher than the risk of having surgery. Most people (75% to 80%) who have symptoms but do not have surgery die within 3 to 5 years.2Doctors may prefer .

  6. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Cause

    Most people who have aortic valve stenosis are born with a normal, healthy aortic valve but develop stenosis late in life. Aging and calcium buildup cause the leaflets of the valve to thicken and harden, preventing the valve from opening properly. Typically, stenosis develops slowly over many years.Aortic valve stenosis also occurs in people who are born with a valve that has two flaps instead of

  7. Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

    Aortic valve replacement is a surgery done for aortic valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation. The surgery is either an open-heart procedure or a minimally invasive procedure. In an aortic valve replacement surgery,the damaged valve is removed and replaced with an artificial valve. View a slideshow on aortic valve replacement surgery. How is it done? During open-heart valve surgery,...

  8. Heart Attacks and Heart Disease

    What happens before a heart attack? Afterward? WebMD explains the causes of heart attacks, which affect 1 million Americans every year, along with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and post-heart attack care.

  9. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Minimally Invasive Methods - Topic Overview

    Standard coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is very successful in improving blood flow to the heart. But the procedure is very invasive to your body for two major reasons: It involves making a large chest incision to expose your heart and arteries. It requires stopping your heart and connecting you to a heart-lung bypass machine that takes over the work of your heart and lungs. ...

  10. Understanding Preeclampsia and Eclampsia -- the Basics

    Learn about preeclampsia and eclampsia, potentially dangerous conditions during pregnancy, from the experts at WebMD.

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