How common is aortic valve replacement?

The potential patient population needing aortic valve replacement (AVR) for severe aortic stenosis is estimated at 350,000 and rising. There are few, if any, medical procedures that are as effective as AVR in relieving symptoms, improving quality of life, and increasing long-term survival. Currently, almost 92,000 patients annually undergo aortic valve replacements in the United States.

Data from the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database show that the number of AVR procedures is rising, likely due to an aging population, increasing awareness of good results for AVR, and the new option of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

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Heart Surgeries

Heart Surgeries

More than a half million surgeries are done each year to correct heart problems in children and adults. One of the most common types of heart surgery performed is coronary artery bypass grafting, which uses a blood vessel taken fr...

om another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery and help prevent a heart attack. Another is heart valve replacement, used to repair heart valves that don't open and close properly. Heart surgery can be minimally invasive, such as when a small incision is made to the chest to insert a pacemaker. At the other extreme is open-heart surgery, which requires a large incision to the chest to open the rib cage and operate on the heart. Learn more about the different kinds of heart surgeries with expert advice from Sharecare.

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