Patient Comments: Aortic Stenosis - Treatment

What types of treatment, tests, or medications have you received for aortic stenosis?

Comment from: SJB, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 18

My husband was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis at age 63 that progressed from mild aortic stenosis over a 3 year period. He had a "murmur" since childhood and had a parietal stroke from carotid artery dissection at age 59. Now at age 65, he has stress echocardiography, CT scans and lab tests and is followed every 6 months. He has not had chest pain, syncope, shortness of breath despite the diagnosis, so he his waiting. A big question to cardiologists and neurologist for us was if a transcatheter procedure versus open heart valve surgery with a bypass machine was safer given his history of carotid dissection and substantial stroke. Surgeons are aware of "pumphead" issues. No one has strong data or opinions at this time. We are still watchfully waiting and hope this information is useful. My background is 30 years of critical care medical nursing.

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