Monitoring a narrowed, stiff aortic valve

As some people age, the valve leading to the heart’s largest vessel (aorta) can become clogged with calcium deposits, causing the valve to stiffen and narrow. A study in the Oct. 3, 2018, JAMA Cardiology looked at strategies for treating the condition, known as aortic stenosis.

Aortic stenosis — which generally causes no symptoms for many years — is usually detected during a routine check-up. Doctors usually recommend replacing the aortic valve soon after symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting occur, as these can foretell sudden cardiac death. However, the best strategy for people who have severe aortic stenosis but no symptoms is less clear.

The study involved 1,375 people with moderate to severe aortic stenosis without symptoms who were followed in heart valve clinics over a 13-year period. At two, four, and eight years, respectively, 93%, 86%, and 75% of those who did not have a valve replacement were still alive, confirming that a “watchful waiting” approach appears safe.

With severe stenosis, certain heart function tests may help predict survival. If confirmed, the results may help doctors to determine better if and when to replace aortic valves.

Below are spiritual recipe for health and wellness: Matthew E. McLaren

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13  NIV

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 NIV

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 NIV

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV

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