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Living with Aortic Stenosis: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Managing Your Heart Health

Aortic Stenosis is a heart problem where the aortic valve becomes too narrow. The aortic valve can be thought of as the door from the heart to the rest of the body. When the valve does not open well, this makes the heart work extra hard to push blood through. It can cause chest pain, feeling tired, getting dizzy, and having trouble breathing. Most often, this problem happens because of aging.

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Treatment Options

To make Aortic Stenosis better, there are different things that can be done:

  • Medicine: There are medications that can help with problems that come from aortic stenosis like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • TAVR: TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) is a special way of putting in a new door/valve without doing open heart surgery.
  • Surgery: In some cases, doctors might need to do surgery to replace the narrow valve with a new one.
  • The doctors will decide if you require surgery or TAVR based on factors like how healthy you are.

Living with Aortic Stenosis

Living with Aortic Stenosis means taking care of yourself and seeing the doctor often. Here are some important things to do:

  • Doctor Visits: You need to see the heart doctor regularly to check how you’re doing and see if things are getting worse.
  • Medicines: Understand what your medicines do and ask questions if you don’t know. If something doesn’t feel right, tell the doctor. Bring your medications to your doctor appointment.
  • Listen to Your Body: If you feel worse suddenly, especially if your chest hurts a lot, you can’t breathe, or you feel like you might faint, get help right away.
  • Exercise Right: It’s good to exercise but do what the doctor says and don’t push too hard.
  • Eat Healthy: Eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meat. Stay away from junk food and too much caffeine.
  • Manage Stress: Find ways to relax, like doing yoga, meditating, or spending time with family and friends.
  • Get Support: Talking to others who have the same problem can help you feel better.

Having Aortic Stenosis might be hard sometimes, but if you learn what to do, take care of yourself, and get help from the doctors, you can still have a good and happy life. If you would like to learn more about Aortic Stenosis or TAVR, please visit the video below.

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