Aortic stenosis: Who should undergo surgery, transcatheter valve replacement?
Cleve Clin J Med. 2012 Jul;79(7):487-97
Authors: Sawaya F, Stewart J, Babaliaros V
Aortic stenosis, the most common valvular disease in the Western world, affects mainly people over age 60. It is characterized by years to decades of slow progression followed by rapid clinical deterioration and a high death rate once symptoms develop. Drug therapy for it remains ineffective, and surgical aortic valve replacement is the only effective long-term treatment. We discuss the indications for this surgery, with an emphasis on controversial conditions in which the indications are less well defined.
PMID: 22751633 [PubMed - in process]