Shared decision-making is an important part of patient and doctor conversations. This Informed Decision Guide was created by a physician and proven in a clinical study to help people who have symptoms of severe aortic stenosis, also known as heart valve failure, and are considering treatment options. It’s designed to help you share your goals, preferences, and what’s most important to you when discussing treatment with your doctor. The questionnaire will take around 7 minutes. Your responses will be used to create a printable summary to share with your healthcare provider.

Aortic stenosis Aortic stenosis narrows the aortic heart valve, making it harder for blood to get to the rest of the body. Over time it can progress to severe aortic stenosis, also known as heart valve failure—one of the most common and deadly types of heart valve disease.1,2

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Treatment options include aortic valve replacement through minimally invasive TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) or open heart surgery (also known as SAVR or surgical aortic valve replacement). Your doctor may prescribe medication at first to help control symptoms, but medication alone will not treat heart valve failure.3,4

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The best treatment depends on your heart, your age, your health, what matters to you, and your goals.

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Heart valve failure is serious. Staying informed by having the right tools and resources will help you speak up and take action before things get worse.1,5

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References: 1.Otto CM. Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84(2):211-218. 2.American Heart Association. Aortic stenosis overview. Accessed December 8, 2021. 3.American Heart Association. Managing aortic stenosis symptoms. Accessed March 7, 2024.­-disease-risks-signs-and-symptoms/managing-aortic-stenosis-symptoms 4.American Heart Association. Newer heart valve surgery options. Accessed March 7, 2024.­-your-heart-vaIve-treatment-options/ newer-heart-vaIve-surgery-options 5.Otto CM, Nishimura RA, Bonow RO, et al. 2020 ACC/AHA guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2021;143(5):e72-e227.

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