Can Aortic Regurgitation Cause High Blood Pressure

​Aortic regurgitation (sometimes referred to as aortic valve regurgitation) occurs when the aortic valve in your heart doesn’t close tightly. This allows some of the blood that should be leaving the heart to leak back into it. In turn, this may stop your heart from pumping blood efficiently around your body, causing shortness of breath and […]

EARLY INTERVENTION REFERENCES

1.            Bonow, R.O., et al., ACC/AHA 2006 Guidelines 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 (Writing Committee to Revise the 1998 Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease): Developed in Collaboration With the Society of […]

EXAMINING THE COST BENEFIT OF EARLY INTERVENTION FOR SEVERE AORTIC STENOSIS

AORTIC STENOSIS IS UNDERTREATED DESPITE KNOWN CLINICAL BENEFITS The ACC/AHA Guideline mandated treatment for severe aortic stenosis (SAS) is aortic valve replacement (AVR)[1].   While over 67,000 AVRs are performed in America each year for aortic stenosis, population statistics estimate that over 500,000 people in America have severe aortic stenosis [2-4], illustrating that aortic stenosis is […]

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Changing the paradigm for the treatment of aortic stenosis

One of the latest treatment options for aortic valve replacement surgery is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery.  TAVR involves fixing a valve that has become “stenotic” (blocked) by using catheters and wires to place an artificial valve inside of the diseased valve.  At present, there is only one TAVR device commercially available, in the […]

Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)-Which Valve is Right For You?

Having an Aortic Valve Replacement: Which Replacement Heart Valve is Right for You? There are many factors which go into the consideration of which heart valve is right for you when you are faced with heart valve replacement.  Age, lifestyle, occupation, general health and support systems all play significant roles in determining which valve to […]

Untreated Aortic Stenosis Affecting Baby Boomer Generation at Alarming Rates

THE AGING POPULATION: “Baby Boomers” and Aortic Stenosis Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common heart valve problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 3.4 million people in the United States.  As with many cardiovascular syndromes, the prevalence of aortic stenosis increases with age and it has been estimated that approximately 2% of people […]