Aortic stenosis is life-threatening
“Unless investigation and surgery can be performed very quickly, death, whether sudden or not, is still unacceptably common in severe aortic stenosis.”
–J. B. Chambers & P. Das, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London1
Progression of aortic stenosis2
Valvular aortic stenosis is progressive and life-threatening. Once symptoms appear, untreated patients have a poor prognosis; they will experience worsening symptoms, eventually leading to death. After the onset of symptoms, average survival is 50% at two years and 20% at five years.2
- Chambers J, Das P. Treadmill exercise in apparently asymptomatic aortic stenosis. Heart 2001;86:361-2.
- Ross J Jr, Braunwald E. Aortic stenosis. Circulation 1968;38:61-7
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