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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.
The following valve problems might happen along
aortic valve stenosis:
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, how severe the problems are, and if you have symptoms.
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.
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.
Having both surgeries at once can improve your heart's ability to pump blood and improve blood flow to the heart
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
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.
Other Works Consulted
Nishimura RA, et al. (2014). 2014 AHA/ACC guideline 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. Circulation, published online March 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000031. Accessed May 1, 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & David C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
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