Aortic valve replacement is a surgical operation that is performed by cardiologists in order to replace the aortic valve with an organic or artificial implant (mechanical heart valve). Generally, it is performed as open-heart surgery, but new less invasive techniques are being developed, such as TAVR.
Aortic valve replacement can be performed as a treatment for the following heart valve diseases:
• Aortic stenosis – this is the condition when the light of the aortic valve narrows and this blocks blood flow.
• Aortic insufficiency / aortic regurgitation – in this case, the heart valve cannot be closed completely, letting the blood already pumped out of the patient's heart to enter it again. As a result, the heart's volume starts to expand to accommodate this additional amount of blood.
The patients who are suffering from the abovementioned heart valve diseases are the possible candidates for aortic valve replacement operation.
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