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Should I have balloon valvuloplasty or TAVR for my aortic valve stenosis? 

I am aged 86 & have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, NYHA 3. I do not know whether to have balloon valvuloplasty or transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implantation. I am afraid of the balloon valvuloplasty because of recurrent problems, i.e., restenosis. I am quite active, not obese, mind in good shape. Thank you.  

submitted by Sarah from Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland on 1/14/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

Neil E. Strickman, MDIf you are a candidate for typical aortic valve replacement (AVR), then that is appropriate. If you have many other illnesses, bad lungs, bad kidneys, 2nd operation etc, then TAVR is for you. HOWEVER, your symptoms must be shown to be caused by a terrible valve! Good luck.   

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