A critical part of patient presentation and initial diagnosis is determining whether the patient is symptomatic. Yet severe AS isn’t always easy to diagnose or treat. A variety of challenges may impede symptom identification:
Share this symptoms checklist with your patients, so you can get to the right diagnosis sooner, together.
~50% of patients with severe AS who go untreated do not survive more than two years after the onset of symptoms.1
27% of heart valve patients wished they had sought treatment earlier.2
Patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis typically present with either a heart murmur or symptoms of chest pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Yet patients often mistake these experiences for normal signs of aging. Empower your patients to engage in shared decision-making, so they know to talk to you about these signs and symptoms right away!
This new interactive toolkit is ready for you to share with your AS patients — and makes it easier for them to understand the steps around their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Whether just diagnosed, looking for guidance on how to monitor symptoms, or choosing the best procedure, these materials offer information in one interactive, easy-to-navigate place.
My AS Journey interactive toolkit provides educational materials that meet patients at four key times along their journey:
Stop 1: Diagnosed with AS — what now?
Stop 2: Weighing your treatment options
Stop 3: Preparing for treatment
Stop 4: Recovery and getting back to active living
View or download the toolkit below, and be sure to share this link with your patients
If I walk (from the kitchen) to the other room, I get tired and out of breath, I’d have to stop and rest in between.–Mrs. Darian Tymes
Racial and ethnic minority groups are significantly underrepresented among patients undergoing TAVR.3 We are working to change that, so all AS patients have information about treatment options — and access to receive the care they need.
TAVR patients who are Black are not at an increased risk of death compared to white patients, yet Black patients are not treated at the same rate.4
Black patients are 2.8 times less likely to receive proper treatment for AS than white patients.5
There is no standard approach for determining symptoms in patients. Yet cardiologists play a critical role in determining whether patients are truly asymptomatic, which has direct implications on the decision to refer for AVR. It can start with a conversation. Approaches may include:
90% of heart valve patients are influenced by discussions with their doctor when making treatment decisions.2
"Patients with severe [valvular heart disease] should be evaluated by a multidisciplinary heart valve team when intervention is considered.”
–ACC/AHA 2020 Guidelines
Learn about determining the severity of aortic stenosis and when to refer patients to the heart team.
Experts share their experiences assessing and treating patients with severe aortic stenosis.
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Help patients learn the value of AS symptom management.
Check out expert conversations on the ACC/AHA guidelines.
Ross J, Braunwald E. Aortic Stenosis. Circulation. 1968;38(1 Suppl):61-67.
Active Living Awareness Initiative Survey. Survey included 3400 respondents. Available at: Heart-Valve-Surgery.com. Accessed July 7, 2022.
Alkhouli M, Holmes DR Jr, Carroll JD, et al. Racial Disparities in the Utilization and Outcomes of TAVR: TVT Registry Report. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2019;12(10):936-948.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2012-2018. Available at: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/best-hospitals/articles/race-and-risk-post-surgery.
Sleder A, Tackett S, Cerasale M, et al. Socioeconomic and racial disparities: a case-control study of patients receiving transcatheter aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2017;4(6):1189-1194.