One of the most common forms of heart valve disease is called aortic
stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve opening caused by scarring and
calcium build up over time. Aortic stenosis restricts the amount of blood
exiting the heart and can result in serious medical consequences, such as a heart
attack. The only way to treat aortic stenosis is to replace the valve, and there
are two main replacement techniques performed: SAVR (surgical aortic valve
replacement), which uses open-heart surgery, and TAVR (transcatheter aortic
valve replacement), where the surgeon uses an artery to carry the new valve to
the heart. There are many differences between the two procedures, and your
doctor will consider these when deciding which is best for you.
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