Dr. Aklog describes the treatments for aortic valve disease/AVD.
So the treatment of aortic valve disease like any valve disease includes the option of repairing the valve or replacing the valve. However, with the aortic valve, only a small minority of patients have valves that can be repaired. So patients who have typical blocked aortic valves or aortic stenosis, the valve is so badly damaged that there really isn’t any adequate, normal appearing valve tissue that can be treated and repaired. So most patients with, and nearly all patients, with aortic stenosis require a valve replacement.
There are some patients with leaky aortic valves that can be offered valve repair, but that’s a relatively smaller portion of those patients.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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