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Many people who suffer from aortic stenosis are age 75 or older. The condition is caused by the buildup of calcium on heart valve leaflets as you age. This causes the valve to be become narrow and hardened. There are some cases, though, that are the result of rheumatic fever, a congenital heart defect, or radiation therapy.
If you have been told that open-heart surgery is too great a risk, the FDA-approved Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve provides a new option. And The Valve Center is the only facility in Northeast Wisconsin to provide treatment for aortic stenosis using this device.
Aortic valve replacement can be performed without open-heart surgery. Given that severe aortic stenosis can be a life-threatening condition approximately two years after the first symptoms, aortic valve replacement may allow you to live longer and enjoy greater quality of life.