Heart Valve Surgery Procedures

Dr. Harry Aldrich, Medical Director, Echocardiography, EKG and Stress Testing with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, says if someone has critical aortic stenosis, where the valve area is less than 0.5 centimeters, they may benefit from a valve replacement, because they are at a higher risk for having complications. "We know from history studies that 50% of patients who present with symptoms of chest pain will be dead three years later, 50% of patients who present with heart failure due to aortic stenosis will die within two years. So, it is a disease that will kill people with time if it is not treated," he points out.