Our heart contains valves which allow blood to flow in a single direction. This is very important for the function of the heart. The aortic valve is the first valve that controls the exit of blood from the left heart chamber to enable the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. When this heart valve is damaged, leading to valve stiffening and an inability to open adequately, we term this Aortic Valve Stenosis.
A physician will be able to perform a physical examination to diagnose this condition. Often times, this may be suspected when a murmur (abnormal sound) is heard with the stethoscope.
There are a variety of methods to treat this condition.
Why is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) needed?
What can I expect before the procedure?
Two approaches of TAVI
What happens after the procedure?
Like any other kind of operations, there are risks associated with this procedure. However, the long-term risk to your life and your quality of life may be higher if severe aortic stenosis is not treated.