There are no medications to reverse or slow the progression of AS. AVR is the standard of care. Because of the risk of sudden death, AVR should be performed promptly after the onset of symptoms.2 Without timely aortic valve replacement, patients with severe AS and symptoms have high mortality: mortality is 3% to 4% soon after symptoms appear and 7% among patients on a waiting list for AVR. In contrast, mortality in a fit patient is 1% to 2% after AVR.3
In recent decades, surgical AVR has consistently produced outstanding results in prolonging life and improving quality of life.4, 5, 6 Even among patients over the age of 80 years, functional outcomes have been excellent in patients after AVR.6 Survival is good, with 60% to 65% of patients who underwent AVR alive five years later,5, 7 with improved quality of life.4 AVR takes patients out of full-time care or sedentary lifestyles, enabling a return to independence.
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