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What is Severe Aortic Stenosis?

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Severe Aortic Stenosis (AS) of Your Native Valve

Your native valve is the valve you were born with. AS occurs when your aortic valve does not open as it should. This makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your body. This affects your health and limits your normal daily activities.

Severe AS may be caused by the following:

  • Age.
  • Calcium buildup that narrows the aortic valve.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Infection of the heart.

Left untreated, severe AS can lead to heart failure or even sudden death.

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Failing Surgical Aortic Valve

Some people have had their own valve replaced with surgery. Surgical valves wear out over time. The surgical valve can start to fail. The CoreValve heart valve might be an option for these people.

 

Signs of Severe AS

Severe AS may cause you to feel:

  • Chest pain.
  • Faint.
  • Dizzy.
  • Tired.
  • Out of breath.
  • Irregular heart beat.
 

Is the CoreValve Heart Valve Right for You?

The CoreValve heart valve is for people with aortic valve disease. Your doctor can help you decide if the CoreValve device is right for you.

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