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Is my father a candidate for non-invasive aortic valve replacement?

My 83 year old dad has severe aortic stenosis but is asymptomatic. Is he a candidate for the new non-invasive aortic valve replacement at St Luke's? 

submitted by Sharon from East Texas on 11/12/2012

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Joseph S. Coselli, MD    

Joseph S. Coselli, MDYour 83-year-old dad with severe aortic stenosis may very well be a candidate for a non-invasive aortic valve replacement. Severe aortic stenosis, even if perceived as asymptomatic, is a rather dangerous medical condition.  Our current use at St. Luke’s Hospital includes both CoreValve and the Edwards Sapien valve. If your dad would like to be evaluated for these, we would be honored to see him here.          

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