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Should people with aortic stenosis but no symptoms have heart surgery?

People with severe aortic stenosis who have no symptoms may benefit from having heart surgery rather than waiting for symptoms to appear. The more aggressive strategy of early aortic valve replacement (AVR) may be more beneficial than a conservative watch and wait approach. Valve replacement surgery for people with aortic stenosis carries a small risk and that has been one of the reasons to wait until a person is experiencing symptoms. However, some data support the role of early valve replacement for asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.

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